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International Trachoma Initiative and the Task Force for Child Survival and Development Announce New Merger to Eliminate Blinding Trachoma and Fight Against Other Neglected Tropical Diseases
Date:3/18/2009

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"The mission and goals of ITI are a strong complement to the Task Force mission," stated Mark Rosenberg, M.D., Executive Director of the Task Force. "We are at an important juncture for trachoma control efforts and this commitment from Pfizer to supply Zithromax will help mobilize the partners essential to the success of this mission."

ITI is a major proponent and facilitator of the SAFE strategy to prevent, treat and ultimately eliminate blinding trachoma through Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvements. The Atlanta-based Task Force, working with CARE USA, provides a forum for sharing knowledge and expertise in these four program areas, especially in the area of integration of mass drug administration, sanitation and safe water, and houses programs that address onchocerciasis (river blindness), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), and intestinal worms -- three NTDs whose prevention and treatment could be linked to trachoma control.


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