The MMDP Project
With an estimated 7.3 million people suffering from trichiasis, the painful, blinding stage of trachoma, and up to 40 million living with the disfiguring swelling that comes with lymphatic filariasis, the need to reach more people with high-quality treatment and care is urgent. While many children today will grow up free of these debilitating diseases thanks to large-scale prevention campaigns, too many women and men already afflicted are at risk of being left behind.
Helen Keller International’s Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) Project is a five-year effort supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that offers a new chance at life for people struggling with disabilities resulting from trachoma and lymphatic filariasis.
Working with national governments, the project aims to provide sight-saving trichiasis surgery to 150,000 people, and to surgically treat 5,500 men living with hydrocele, the condition caused by lymphatic filariasis in which the scrotum becomes severely swollen. The MMDP project will also help those suffering from badly swollen limbs caused by elephantiasis learn the most effective ways to manage inflammation and reduce discomfort.
The MMDP Project will build in-country expertise in best management and prevention practices and ensure that surgeons and other service providers adhere to the highest standards of quality over the long term so that participating countries can achieve the World Health Organization’s goals of eliminating trachoma and lymphatic filariasis by 2020.