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  • on 03.04.2014
  • at 05:00 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

Facial hygiene, water access ‘could prevent trachoma’ 0

Nairobi – Facial cleanliness and environmental improvement could prevent trachoma, an eye disease which is common among the rural poor in regions such as Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, says a new study.

According to WHO, the disease affects more than 21.4 million people worldwide with 2.2 million becoming visually impaired and causing blindness in 1.2 million people.

The researchers analysed different studies on the effect of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on trachoma.

They searched studies conducted worldwide and published by 27 October 2013 from eight databases, including Embase, Web of Science, PubMed and Africa Index Medicus.

Most of the articles were from studies conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa countries, including Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan and Tanzania.

According to the study published inPLOS Medicine on 25 February, the findings based on 86 articles suggested that whereas all components of WASH could reduce the risk of trachoma infection, improved personal hygiene had the greatest impact.

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