Volume 2, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In a large number of countries trachoma and related eye diseases constitute an urgent health problem. The first report of the WHO Expert Committee on Trachoma, which has just been published as No. 59 in the of the World Health Organization, defines certain measures for the effective prevention of these diseases on an international level and contains practical recommendations on the subject. The prevention of trachoma in international traffic, control methods applicable in underdeveloped countries, as well as chemotherapy—above all, the use of certain antibiotics and sulfonamides—are discussed. Another subject dealt with in the report is trachoma classification. In view of the fact that this should meet both clinical and scientific needs, the committee recommended the adoption of a system of notation for the clinical stages of the disease which would make precise recording possible and future studies comparable. Annexed to the report is a list of problems considered suitable either for cooperative research on an international level or for individual research.


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