MMDP in Ethiopia
Ethiopia combines the highest burden of trachoma in the world with an unrivaled government determination to both break transmission and treat trichiasis. With active trachoma infection affecting millions and an estimated 693,000 trichiasis cases nationwide, Ethiopia is supported in its elimination fight by multiple international donors, including USAID, which joined mass drug administration efforts in 2013 and added support for trichiasis surgery through the MMDP Project a year later.
Ethiopia is also committed to eliminating lymphatic filariasis, known to be endemic throughout the country. To help the government complete a strategic plan for addressing hydrocele and lymphedema, the MMDP Project is assessing the number of patients in target areas and gathering information on the additional support needed by local health systems to provide treatment.
With support from the government of Ethiopia and a multitude of external donors, Ethiopia’s plans to reach 2020 elimination goals for trachoma and lymphatic filariasis are within reach.