Zimbabwe Prepares for First Mass Drug Administration for Trachoma Elimination

The Task Force is assisting the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health with preparations for its first mass drug administration (MDA) to eliminate trachoma in the country.

Two logistics experts from The Task Force’s International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) recently met with Ministry of Health officials to assess the readiness of the country’s supply chain for drug delivery and distribution.

“Zimbabwe has solid supply chain systems and processes, as well as competent human resources,” said Task Force Supply Chain Manager Carla Johnson. “They are well prepared for this major milestone in their trachoma elimination program.”

Zimbabwe has already received its first shipment of the antibiotic Zithromax® as part of a comprehensive strategy to control and eliminate trachoma from the country. The country will hold its first MDA in October in the Binga district of Matebeleland North Province.

Thus far in 2016, ITI has managed the shipment of more than 84 million treatments of Zithromax® globally.

Photo caption: Task Force Logistics Coordinator Moumine Yaro (right) meets with representatives from the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health in preparation for the country’s first mass drug administration for trachoma elimination.

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