National Programme for the fight against trachoma in Chad

The validation workshop for the national programme for the fight against trachoma (PNLT) took place in Chad, (N’Djamena) from the 7th to the 9th of March 2012. It was mostly financed by the ITI (International Trachoma Initiative), the OPC and Sight Savers International.

From left to right : Dr Djada (OPC Chad), Dr Mariko (OPC BRAO), Chantal Veira (ITI), Dr Mahamat saleh Younous (Presidential adviser, former Secretary General of the ministry of public health), Dr Mouliat-Pelat (OPC programme director).

Present at the workshop were the United States amabassador in N’Djamena (SE Mark Boulware), the French ambassador’s representative and the representative of the IDB (Islamic Development Bank), as well as the usual United Nations partners and non-governmental organisations (OPC, CBM...). The minister of health in Chad, Dr Mamouth Nahor N’Gawara thanked all the participants and promised the financial support of the Chadian government.

From left to right : Chantal VEIRA (ITI) Dr Mouliat-Pelat, SE Mark Boulware the United States amabassador in N’Djamena, Dr Djada.
Opening ceremony to which the US ambassador kindly invited us.

A steering committee responsible for overseeing the composition of the National Plan for the Fight against Trachoma was confirmed yesterday as the workshop came to an end. It includes several health ministers from Chad, the local OPC representative Dr Djada, and the local representatives for CBM and the WHO. Representatives for ministers for water and national education will also be consulted.

At the end of March 2012, the national programme for the fight against trachoma must be validated by the minister of health and a donation request for *azithromycine will be sent to be submitted to the ITI PFIZER TFGH Committee of Technical Experts.

*an antibiotic which will be distributed in the areas where more than 20% of children suffer from trachoma, particularly thanks to the community health worker network developed by the OPC.