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Sightsavers is Combating Blindness Around the World

Trachoma is the world’s largest infectious cause of blindness. This infection has its roots as far back as Egyptian history. It affects millions of people causing them to go blind with its victims generally from poor communities.

Trachoma is a contagious bacterial infection that is spread through contact with the eyes, eyelids, nose and/or throat fluids. It can also be spread through handling items that have been used by the infected. If left untreated, the result is blindness.

What is so amazing, is that trachoma is preventable. For example, young women in poor communities of Africa wear tweezers like a necklace to pluck out some of their eyelashes which can grow inwardly into their eyes.

 

This attempt is not always successful, causing painful infections, due to the eyelashes rubbing against the cornea. Medical care is not always available, thus causing eye infections that can render people blind. Prevention is the most effective way of staving off the trachoma bacteria. Hygienic habits are a necessary practice that involves:

 

  • regular face and hand washing;
  • controlling the fly population by getting rid of feces and trash waste because flies also transmit this disease;
  • having access to fresh water sources.

 

There is hope now on the horizon because worldwide health alliances are coming together to combat this infection. Nation-wide collaborators like Sightsavers and the World Health Organization are forming a health strategy, named “SAFE.”

 

SAFE stands for surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness, and environmental improvement. Sightsavers and their partners are maintaining a goal to eradicate trachoma as a public health issue. To get a handle on the extent of trachoma, field teams in rural countries are deployed to gather what is called The Tropical Data service.

 

Using smartphone technology, the teams collect and send data on trachoma issues in rural villages and communities back to specific health agencies for analyzing for the necessary health actions to be employed. What has impeded the progress to wipe out trachoma is simply that countries do not have the resources to end the disease.

 

At health conferences like TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), Sightsavers and other organizations have pledged their support to the Audacious Project. In the 2018 stage of The Audacious Project, it has produced million-dollar funding to start in several Commonwealth countries in 2020. Sightsavers and their partners in the Fred Hollows Foundation will coordinate the efforts in Africa and Asia along with the International Coalition for Trachoma Control.

The country of Oman was recognized has the first country in 2012 to eliminate the infection, in 2016 Morocco followed by Mexico, Cambodia, and Laos followed in their trachoma elimination efforts. Other countries like Ghana are following with the necessary steps to eliminate trachoma.

How Stansberry Research Helps Investors Navigate The Global Economy

Stansberry Research is a Baltimore, Maryland-based company which helps investors make money by investing their money. They offer both macro-level services and specialized investment research into specific categories of investment opportunities. They offer professional advice about investing in various asset classes including the global stock market, bonds, precious metals, and natural resources among others.

Stansberry Research also offers a wealth of free services which includes a health and wealth bulletin, a podcast, DailyWealth, and The Crux. This last one is an online financial news website which offers up to date information about companies both large and small. One current article is about Jeff Immelt, the former chief executive officer of General Electric, and how he isn’t to blame for the current financial woes of this company despite popular opinion.

At Stansberry Research they strive to give readers and subscribers a range of opinions when it comes to investing and the global economy (https://gazetteday.com/2018/03/stansberry-research-insurance-investments/). Their highly experienced analysts each have their own unique view of things and investment strategies. There is no one single view of the markets which can encapsulate everything which is why they embrace different viewpoints and opinions.

This company recently posted an article talking about a controversial commodity that that one of their analysts says is poised for enormous growth. The one main thing to know about commodities is that supply and demand drive this industry even more than any other which leads to booms and busts. Getting in at the right time with various natural resources is key which Stansberry Research can help people achieve.

One of the things people need to know about free markets is that whenever things get rather out of balance things will get corrected so that everything is properly priced. When supply falls prices in a certain commodity will rise. The reverse also holds true. This is all taught in Economics 101. What one of their analysts says is that coffee is the natural resource play that investor should be making a play in. It’s dirt cheap at the present time but because of this demand is about to greatly outstrip supply which will make investors in the commodity very happy.