Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology

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GTMP: Trachoma survey in District Karak, Mansehra and Mardan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).

This survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of Trachoma (Eye Disease) in three districts Karak, Mansehra and Mardan (these districts were selected on basis of high risk factor for trachoma) in fulfillment of Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP). Prof DR. Nasir Saeed, Dean Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO) Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Peshawar, vide circular letter (No 1?23/PICO/CCO/vol 3 15?16 Dated 31?8?2015) deputed five teams of trained Optometrists (who underwent specific training and after qualifying exam at Nigeria had certification from GTMP, UK) to work as graders. They were supervised by DR Junaid Faisal Wazir Consultant community Ophthalmologist PICO HMC (who underwent global supervisor training and after qualifying exam at Nigeria had certification from GTMP, UK). The teams carried out comprehensive survey in District Karak, Mansehra and Mardan and then submitted a detailed report after completion of the subject survey.

Each team had one recorder and one grader. For selection of recorders, Dr. Junaid Faisal Wazir conducted recorders training and examination according to GTMP protocols as supervisor. To full fill the job, three days' recorders training was conducted at PICO, HMC and six recorders were qualified for the survey. The purpose of the survey was to collect data on the status of Trachoma in these three districts and implement SAFE (Surgery Antibiotics Face wash & Environmental change) strategy if Trachoma is present.