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Antibiotics For Eye Disease Saving Ethiopia's Children

An antibiotic treatment given to save children's eyesight is actually saving their lives. In Ethiopia's Amhara region, where 60 percent of children suffer from trachoma, The Carter Center -- with regional and international partners -- supports mass drug administration including Zithromax®, donated by Pfizer Inc. Antibiotics administered for trachoma, a bacterial eye infection that is the world's leading preventable cause of blindness, are treating other ailments and reducing Ethiopia's high rates of child mortality.

Efforts to Control Blinding Trachoma Reduce Child Mortality in Ethiopia, JAMA Study Finds: http://cartercenter.org/news/pr/trachoma-ethiopia-090109.html

Learn more about the Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program: http://www.cartercenter.org/health/trachoma/index.html

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.

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