Trachoma progress hero

World NTD day

World NTD Day is an annual event to raise awareness and demand action for the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the progress made by the community to help the 1.9 billion people whose lives are threatened every day.

Did You Know?

Ethiopia bears the greatest burden of trachoma worldwide, accounting for 52% of all cases.

World Ntd Day

What Are Neglected Tropical Diseases?


Buruli ulcerMycetoma, chromoblastomycosis and other deep mycoses
Chagas diseaseOnchocerciasis
Dengue and ChikungunyaRabies
Guinea worm diseaseScabies and other ectoparasites
Foodborne trematodiasesSoil-transmitted helminthiases
Human African trypanosomiasisSnakebite envenoming
Lymphatic filariasisYaws

The Neglected Tropical Disease that Orbis primarily focuses on is trachoma.

Trachoma – a painful bacterial eye infection – is one of those most prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases and a major focus of our work globally. We recently celebrated the news that trachoma has decreased by 91% since 2002 in endemic areas.

This is all thanks to the collaborative efforts of the eye health community and those who support it, helping get clean water, sanitation, increase awareness, and preventative antibiotics to those at risk.

But the fight is far from over! With the right tools and knowledge in place, we can make Neglected Tropical Diseases like blinding trachoma history.

Meet Dr. Alemayehu Sisay Orbis Trachoma Expert and Country Director of Ethiopia

Trachoma in Numbers

Trachoma Stories From the Field

Thanks to the support of partners and donors, we have helped reduce trachoma infection rates in 24 regions of Ethiopia. Here's how we're addressing trachoma infections, particularly in rural areas where there is limited access to healthcare.


We're training a whole host of outreach workers in hard-to-reach areas of Ethiopia to deliver the surgeries and treatments needed to fight the disease.


Since 2008 we've helped distribute 98.2 million doses of antibiotics to treat and prevent trachoma. The latest Mass Drug Administration took place at the end of the beginning of 2023, with extra planning and precautions still in place dut COVID-19, our teams in Ethiopia have to work even harder to protect families from this blinding disease.

The antibiotic that we use is Zithromax, which is produced by Pfizer. Pfizer kindly donates all the Zithromax that the Orbis team needs to end this disease.


We're building awareness of the infection and promoting better hygiene through educating community health workers, health extension workers, teachers, local women’s group leaders and community leaders about eye health.

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