Trachoma control using the who adopted "safe with azithromycin". East Afr Med J. 2007 Mar;84(3):127-35. PMID: 17600982 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Karimurio J, Ilako F, Gichangi M.

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JEFITHA DRKARIMURIO. "Trachoma control using the who adopted "safe with azithromycin". East Afr Med J. 2007 Mar;84(3):127-35. PMID: 17600982 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Karimurio J, Ilako F, Gichangi M.". In: East Afr Med J. 2007 Mar;84(3):127-35. Korean Society of Crop Science and Springer; 2007.

Abstract:

{ Community Eye Health Training, Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 19676-00202, Nairobi, Kenya. OBJECTIVE: To report on and share the experiences, accomplishments and lessons learnt by African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Sight Savers International (SSI), University of Nairobi (UON) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) during implementation of a three year Shompole trachoma control pilot study using azithromycin. The target of the project was to reduce the prevalence of active and potentially blinding trachoma by 50% by the year 2005. DESIGN: Community based survey. SETTING: Shompole location, Magadi division, Kajiado district of the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. SUBJECTS: Five hundred and twenty six randomly selected households from 166 manyattas (bomas/ homesteads) proportionately distributed in all the 13 villages of the four sub-locations of Shompole location were visited. Nine hundred and ninety eight children (1-9 years) and 898 adults (215 years) were examined for active trachoma (TF) and potentially blinding trachoma (TT) respectively. RESULTS: The prevalence of active trachoma (TF) in children has dropped from 46.4% in 2002 to 16.0% in 2006 and that of potentially blinding trachoma (TT) from 4.5% to 1.7% in the same period. Women have more TT than men. Out of the 15 cases of TT reported in the survey, only two were recurrences. The prevalence of active trachoma (TF) is higher in boys than girls

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