ITI is a program of The Task Force for Global Health.
With an elimination target year set for 2018, Mali is on its way to achieving this goal. Trachoma program efforts in Mali stretch back to 1939 when the French colonial government established the Service des Grandes Endemies or Endemic Disease Service, which offered treatments for trachoma and other tropical diseases. The Institut d’Ophthalmologie Tropicale de L’Afrique Occidental (IOTA) was established in French West Africa in 1953 for managing ophthalmic health services for trachoma and onchocerciasis. Post-colonial Mali began offering trachoma program services through trichiasis surgery campaigns and TEO distributions first organized by the Organisation de Coordination et de Cooperation pour les Grandes Endemies (OCCGE) starting in 1960. Trachoma prevalence surveys were first conducted in 1996-1997 and program activities began in 2001 with MDAs in one district in Koulikoro using donated Zithromax®. A national strategic plan for trachoma elimination in 2005-2009 was finalized in 2004.
Endemic districts were surveyed beginning 2008, and surveillance surveys were conducted in 2015 and early 2016 in Kayes, Koulikoro, Mopti, Segou and Sikasso regions.
Partners in full SAFE implementation include The Carter Center, HKI, Red Cross Switzerland and Sightsavers.
Trachoma MDAs have scaled down since 2012 after several rounds of MDA between 2001 and 2011.
Zithromax® Shipments by Year