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Eliminating an ancient blinding scourge: trachoma in Africa

10 July, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness, affects the poorest and most marginalised in society, with communities and cultures in Africa affected and at risk.

International initiatives have had significant success in controlling trachoma in recent years, and the World Health Assembly has called for its elimination as a public health problem by 2020.

Join David Mabey and Anna Last from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to discover the history of trachoma in Africa, its cultural links and whether we are winning the battle against this devastating disease. Refreshments will be available following the lectures.

Venue: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Lower level, British Museum

Register to attend the lecture.

Celebrating Africa – series

In summer 2015 explore and debate a variety of African cultural issues through a series of events and displays at the British Museum.

Celebrate African contributions to global cultural development and find out more about cultural development challenges that many African societies continue to face today. The season coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Commission for Africa in 2005, which was launched at the British Museum, and the replacement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which are directly relevant to African nations.

Admission: Free to attend, but registration is required. Please follow the link above.

Contact: Vickie Bazalgette
Email: Vickie.Bazalgette@lshtm.ac.uk
More information: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/celebrating_africa.aspx

Image: Community Eye Health (Creative Commons)


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