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Myths Vs. Reality: Combating Trachoma in Tanzania

By Hannah Godlove, MPH ’11 in Sociomedical Sciences The first time I saw a trichiasis surgery to correct blinding trachoma I almost passed out. It was pretty embarrassing to have someone sit me down and bring me a Fanta for my blood sugar after seeing me wobble. It was even worse when that someone was waiting for her own surgery. I have been working with Helen Keller International’s trachoma program in Tanzania for almost three months. A little background on trachoma: trachoma is a blinding disease that often infects children. Without treatment, the eyelid inverts, the eyelashes begin to scratch the…