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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs
Trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness, is an infection of the eye caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. Approximately 200 million people across 51 countries remain at risk for blindness due to this disease.
Pfizer is working to help end the suffering and the cycle of poverty caused by this debilitating disease by partnering with the World Health Organization’s Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 (GET2020) and the International Trachoma Initiative.
In 1998, Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation co-established the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI). The ITI is currently administered by The Task Force for Global Health, an independent not for profit, and manages Pfizer's global donation of the antibiotic Zithromax® (azithromycin). ITI collaborates with governmental and nongovernmental agencies at local, national and international levels to implement the World Health Organization’s recommended SAFE strategy (SAFE stands for surgery for trichiasis (inturned eyelashes), antibiotics, facial cleanliness and environmental improvement).
Pfizer is committed to providing its antibiotic in the effort to help eliminate trachoma by 2020 and preserve and restore the health and well-being of affected families worldwide. To date, Pfizer has donated more than 600 million doses and GET2020 partners have treated more than 100 million people.
Pfizer, through the ITI, is partnering with a number of global health organizations working to eliminate trachoma including: governments, UN agencies, the World Health Organization, USAID, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carter Center, CBM, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Helen Keller International, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Light for the World, Lions Club International, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité, Orbis, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, RTI International, Sightsavers, The Task Force for Global Health, Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, and World Vision.
Pfizer Inc. is one of the 20 original endorsers of the London Declaration
International Trachoma Initiative