ITI Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the International Trachoma Initiative and what does it do?

Q. What is The Task Force for Global Health?

Q. Where does ITI work?

Q. How many countries is ITI working in?

Q. What is ITI’s role in the global campaign to eliminate blinding trachoma?

Q. How much Zithromax® has Pfizer donated?

Q. How does ITI decide who gets Zithromax®?

Q. What is GET 2020?

 

Q. What is the International Trachoma Initiative and what does it do?

A. The International Trachoma Initiative, or ITI, is a program of the Task Force for Global Health in partnership with Pfizer, based in Decatur, Georgia.

ITI is part of a global alliance endorsed by the World Health Organization seeking to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020.

ITI works in partnership with national governments and the Ministries of Health to coordinate the Pfizer Inc. donation of the antibiotic Zithromax® to treat and prevent trachoma.

AnchorQ. What is The Task Force for Global Health?

A. The Task Force for Global Health is a not-for-profit, public health organization with a 27-year history of improving the lives of millions of people around the world. Working with a broad network of public and private sector partners, the Task Force manages an array of initiatives focused on neglected tropical diseases, immunization and vaccines, and health systems strengthening. For more information about the impact of the Task Force and its programs, visit www.taskforce.org.

Q. Where does ITI work?

A. ITI works primarily in Africa and Asia.

Q. How many countries is ITI working in?

A. Since 1999, ITI has been engaged in 29 countries, and plans to be active in 42 countries by 2015.

Q. What is ITI’s role in the global campaign to eliminate blinding trachoma?

A. ITI manages the donation of the antibiotic Zithromax®, donated by Pfizer Inc. The drug treats and prevents trachoma.

ITI also promotes the WHO-endorsed SAFE Strategy, which combines treatment (Surgery and Antibiotics) with prevention (Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement).

Q. How much Zithromax® has Pfizer donated?

Since 1999, Pfizer has donated more than 340 million treatments of Zithromax®.

Q. How does ITI decide which countries receive Zithromax®?

A. The decision is made by the Trachoma Expert Committee (TEC), an independent decision-making body of seven experts that meets twice a year to review country applications for Zithromax®.

Q. What is GET 2020?

A. GET 2020 is the Alliance for Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma by 2020. It is led by the World Health Organization (WHO).