UK’s £20m blind bid

The Chronicle - - National News -

THE UK is to plough £20 mil­lion to­wards an am­bi­tious plan to rid the Com­mon­wealth of the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable blind­ness over the next two years, of­fi­cials have an­nounced.

The Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment said that it is hoped the money will help elim­i­nate tra­choma – a bac­te­rial eye in­fec­tion – in Com­mon­wealth coun­tries by 2020. Tra­choma is the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable sight loss across the world, al­though it is rare in de­vel­oped coun­tries.

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