November 14, 2016

The Zithromax® donation that went to the Central African Republic on November 3rd 2016, puts the ITI drug donation program at 100,143,888 doses shipped year to date – with another 12 million in the pipeline and expected to ship by year-end. 

August 10, 2016

The Task Force for Global Health, ITI's umbrella organization, is often described as a partner among partners, fighting diseases that affect the world’s most disadvantaged people and shining the light on local partners, governments and communities. Yesterday, the light was firmly on the Task Force when it was awarded the Hilton Prize, the world's largest humanitarian prize for 30 years of work in the humanitarian sector.

July 25, 2016

Ethiopia's 16th Trachoma Week, supported by The Carter Center and ITI, took place in May 2016. Approximately 7.4 million people across 70 districts received Zithromax®. (All photos courtesy of The Carter Center.)

May 10, 2016

World Health Organization (WHO) brings together ministry of health representatives, NGO partners, donors and academics for annual GET 2020 meeting.

March 17, 2016

ITI's PJ Hooper, Beck Willis and Girija Sankar visited Colombia in February 2016 to present on ITI's annual drug donation cycle and learn more about Colombia's regulatory requirements for drug donations. 

February 11, 2016

Sharing a few of ITI's favorite photos from the 500 millionth dose celebration last November.

November 16, 2015

- Trachoma is the Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness -

- More Than 100 Government, Non-Governmental and Private Sector Partners Driving Progress -

- Continued Efforts Needed to Reach 2020 Global Elimination Goal

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA--The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), Pfizer Inc. and International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC) partners announce Pfizer’s donation of the 500 millionth dose of Zithromax® (azithromycin) Tablets, an antibiotic used to treat trachoma in certain countries. The milestone marks significant achievement in global efforts to help eliminate this infectious and preventable eye disease that can lead to permanent blindness as a public health threat by the year 2020.

Today, delegations from the U.K. and U.S. governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Pfizer are gathering in the Wolisso region of Ethiopia to celebrate the donation of the 500 millionth Zithromax dose and a significant expansion of the national trachoma elimination program in the country.

March 23, 2015

ITI's Beth Kurylo wrote a blog featured on the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases blog yesterday for World Water Day. Click through to read the full post.

Every morning and every night, I turn on the hot and cold water taps, adjusting them so the temperature is just warm enough to wash my face. I take for granted that the water will flow. I would be shocked if it didn’t. This easy access to water is a luxury not enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

As we mark World Water Day, it is worth noting that 748 million people do not have access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.5 billion do not use an improved sanitation facility. For them, the lack of water can mean poor health, disability and even death.

Water and sanitation is especially important in the prevention and control of trachoma and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Trachoma is an ancient eye disease caused by a bacterial infection. Left untreated, it can lead to blindness. But we can stop it with the World Health Organization-endorsed SAFE strategy – Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement.

January 22, 2015

Below is a compilation of articles on trachoma and ITI found in the news from October 2010 through the end of 2013.