ENVISION In Focus Fighting Trachoma in Senegal Meet Amy Deme (left). She is working to eliminate trachoma in Senegal. Trachoma, a painful eye infection that can cause permanent blindness, is found in certain parts of Senegal. Amy is part of a group of trained drug distributors in Touba, the second most populated city in Senegal. More than a million people travel here each year on religious pilgrimage. The busy area is therefore a key site in Senegal’s effort to fight disease. Drug distributors, like Amy, go house to house administering medicines to prevent and treat trachoma. First, they measure the height of each person to determine the required dosage. They explain the medicine and any potential side effects. The medicine is then administered. Called Zithromax®, this safe and effective antibiotic is donated by Pfizer, Inc. through the International Trachoma Initiative. Children less than 6 months old and pregnant women are given antibiotic eye ointment. Drug distributors also educate families on how to prevent trachoma. Good hygiene, especially a clean face, is key. Over five days, drug distributors will try to reach nearly 800,000 people – the total population of Touba district. With the support of USAID’s ENVISION project, the Ministry of Health is leading treatment campaigns wherever needed in the country. ENVISION also supports the Ministry of Health to conduct surveys to see how much trachoma has decreased, and whether follow up is needed. Thanks to people like Amy, Senegal is well on track to eliminate trachoma by 2020. This video was made possible thanks to funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the ENVISION project led by RTI International under cooperative agreement No. AID-OAA-A-11-00048. For more information, go to www.NTDenvision.org. The views expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government. @NTDEnvision, @RTIFightsNTDs; ENVISION, USAID, RTI International Created with work by Sam Phelps, photographer, with the following exceptions: Slide 5 Map found at https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Senegal#/ media/File:Senegal_regions.png, and distributed under a CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 license; and Slide 6 Jbodane/Flickr.