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Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic Wipe out Trachoma—Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness

09/19/2017
World Health Organization - Western Pacific Region

Manila, 19 September 2017 - The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on eliminating trachoma as a public health problem.

“Trachoma is a disease of poverty. Communities that don’t have good access to safe water and sanitation are the hardest hit. But it is possible to tackle this public health problem, as Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic have done, by making the right investments to protect peoples’ health,” said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

Read the WHO press release.