LSHTM to lead vital research into severe corneal infections in low and middle-income countries

6 September 2018
Source: LSHTM

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been awarded more than London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine£3m by the Wellcome Trust for new research into severe corneal infections in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The work will be conducted by LSHTM’s International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), led by Professor Matthew Burton.

Over a five-year period, the funding will allow an international partnership of eye health experts in Uganda, Tanzania and Nepal to carry out world-leading research to improve the outcomes for people with corneal infections.

Corneal infections are a significant public health problem in LMICs, with an estimated 4.4 million infections in Asia and 1.2 million in Africa each year. The disease typically affects people in adulthood during their most productive years of life, and has major impacts on both quality of life and economic productivity.

If not treated rapidly or effectively, corneal infections can lead to permanent loss of vision through scarring of the cornea in the affected eye. In severe cases, the cornea may rupture, which often means that removing the eye is the only possible treatment.

Read the full article on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) website

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