Meet Yeshiemebet

Today we want to introduce you to Yeshiemebet, a compassionate nurse who has been helping eliminate trachoma in the SNNPR region where Orbis has been active for many years. Here‘s a little more about here:

Having performed TT-surgery (reversing the effects of repeated trachoma infections, which cause the eyelashes to turn inward and rub against the eyeball, eventually causing irreversible vision loss) for over six years now, she told us:

I am inter­est­ed in eye care ser­vice because the eye is one of the main organs of our body. And it is a reward­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty to be able to restore people’s sight before they face blindness.”

Yeshiemebet also works on Trachoma Impact Surveys as a Recorder, critical work which tracks progress in eliminating the disease and helps target prevention efforts most effectively.

She was specially trained by Orbis to carry out these surveys, going home-to-home, assessing the community’s susceptibility to infection and finding preventative solutions; an impactful and rewarding role she has held for three years. Yeshiemebet tells us “through our visits, the people now have enough awareness about trachoma, they know the benefits of the medicine. We notice there are fewer and fewer cases when we go back to the same area. Nowadays, people have enough awareness that they can even explain it well to other community members.

Yeshiemebet dreams that one day Ethiopia will be free from any trachoma.

And so do we. With your continued support, we’re a step closer to making this dream a reality.

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