SAFE strategy for blinding trachoma addresses sanitation, the other half of MDG7
HKI's Chad MacArthur contributes to a letter to the editor about the need for an integrated approach to eliminate trachoma.
"The trachoma community has long been concerned that the approach to NTDs has focused on drug distribution, and not a comprehensive control package that treats these diseases as the public health problems they are. For example, improvement of water, sanitation, and hygiene is an integral part of the SAFE strategy (Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness, Environmental improvements) for the elimination of blinding trachoma. The “E” component of the SAFE strategy addresses the link between sanitation and trachoma: building of latrines reduces contact between the trachoma vector Musca sorbens and eyes."