The World’s Leading Infectious Cause of BlindnessDr. Agatha Aboe has a mission: stop the world's leading infectious cause of blindness—trachoma. Untreated, trachoma can lead to permanent damage to the cornea, causing vision loss and blindness. Over the course of two decades, Dr. Aboe was instrumental in reversing and preventing trachoma in Ghana.
"I thought, this is not right. In this present day, no one should be allowed to go blind from trachoma," Aboe said. "So I was challenged once I went to these trachoma-endemic areas, to do whatever I can — do my best, and get others on board — and together, help eliminate this disease from Ghana."
In 2018, the World Health Organization declared that Ghana had eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. Now, Dr. Aboe is working to help other African and Asian countries achieve the same goal by implementing the same strategies used in Ghana.
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"This Woman Helped Eliminate a Blinding Disease in Ghana. Now, She's Helping Other Countries Do the Same."