Blantyre Institute for Community Outreach
B I C O

Trachoma Elimination Project

This is a five year project funded by Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund (also called as The Trust Project in short). In this, BICO will be implementing S & A of the SAFE strategy in addition to conducting surveys such as; Trachoma Impact Survey, Surveillance Surveys and Drug Coverage Survey in all the 15 Trachoma endemic districts in Malawi. In particular, BICO is implementing Surgery (TT Surgeries) and Antibiotics in Chikwawa, Nsanje and Machinga and Antibiotics (Mass Drug Administration) only in Mchinji, Ntcheu, Mangochi and Dowa.

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Mordor Study

MORDOR stands for "Mortality Reduction After Oral Azithromycin Treatment". The study, which is being implemented in Mangochi district, would like to test the hypothesis that mass distribution of Azithromycin, a drug that cures trachoma, reduces childhood mortality and morbidity. Several partners are involved in this project such as, College of Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of San Francisco and Bell & Melinda Gates Foundation who are the funders of the project. In this project, BICO will be conducting Census, MDA and Drug Coverage survey while College of Medicine will be involved in doing all lab tests. A similar study is being undertaken in Tanzania and Niger.

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Vision 2020 Eye Care Programme For South East Health Zone

This is a three year (2014 – 2016) project targeting all the six districts in the South East Health Zone – Mangochi, Balaka, Machinga, Zomba, Phalombe and Mulanje. It is funded by Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology. Cataract, Childhood blindness and Refractive Errors are major programme components besides staff and institutional capacity building.

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Low Vision

This project is being implemented in three resource centres in southern Malawi. These are Montfort in Chiradzulu, Makande in Chikwawa and Nazombe in Phalombe districts. With funding from Lions Club of Netherlands, the project is involved in assessment of all children with refraction, low vision and surgical needs, facilitation of surgery for children with cataract and other eye conditions, provision of optical devices to all pupils in these resource centres and training of teachers and optometrists in basic low vision and advocacy for inclusive education and support of resource centres.

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