Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that causes blindness; it is prevalent in
many poor rural communities. The World Health Organization has set the year
2020 as the target for global elimination of trachoma as a public health problem.
To reach this target, the SAFE strategy (Surgery for trichiasis, Antibiotics to
treat Chlamydia trachomatis infection, and Facial cleanliness and
Environmental improvement to reduce transmission of C. trachomatis from one
person to another) is recommended for districts and communities with endemic
This guide has been written for managers of national and district trachoma
control programmes. It sets out, step-by-step, what is needed to assess the
magnitude and extent of the trachoma problem in the area and how to plan,
implement, monitor and evaluate a programme to control, and ultimately
Templates for a number of forms recommended for use in a programme can be
found in the annex. To allow adaptation of the forms for use in a specific
programme, electronic versions are available on the CD-ROM that
accompanies this guide. The CD-ROM also contains an antibiotic requirement
estimator, a template budget and a generic evaluation manual.
Two versions of this guide are available:The trainer s version includes the guide,
with a set of 30 slides and the CD-ROM.
The learner's version contains the guide with the CD-ROM.