ITI is a program of The Task Force for Global Health.
Working for a World Free From Trachoma
In 1998, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and Pfizer Inc. founded the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) to help answer the World Health Organization’s call to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020.
ITI provides comprehensive support to national ministries of health and governmental and nongovernmental organizations to implement a comprehensive approach to fight trachoma.
- We manage the allocation and distribution of the antibiotic, Zithromax®, donated by Pfizer, to treat active trachoma infections; and collaborate with our partners to implement all other aspects of the World Health Organization-recommended SAFE Strategy.
- We mobilize resources for trachoma control programs and provide technical assistance to countries and partner organizations, including logistical assistance.
- We support trachoma control research, program monitoring and evaluation.
- We develop and strengthen partnerships for implementing the WHO-endorsed SAFE strategy for disease elimination.
With Help from ITI, Millions of People Are No Longer at Risk for Blindness from Trachoma
Since 1998, ITI has managed the donation of more than half a billion treatments of the antibiotic Zithromax® to treat active trachoma infections. However, the goal since ITI’s inception has been to enable endemic communities to reach a point where trachoma is no longer a public health threat and Zithromax® treatments no longer are necessary.
As of 2016, 396 communities have been so successful in implementing trachoma prevention and treatment measures that they no longer need antibiotic treatment to keep the disease at bay. And Oman, Morocco and Ghana already have become among the first nations to have wiped out trachoma through use of the SAFE Strategy.
This is allowing ITI to redirect Pfizer’s generous donation to other endemic communities, furthering worldwide efforts to eliminate trachoma.
By The Numbers - ITI Performance Metrics in 2016
receiving antibiotics from ITI to eliminate trachoma
of antibiotics shipped by ITI
million people *
benefiting from antibiotic treatments
* based on previous distribution rates