Sightsavers’ CEO Caroline Harper Presents Speech at TED Talk on Eliminating Trachoma

Watch the homepage on 26 June 2018 for Caroline Harper’s TED presentation.


Sightsavers’ CEO Caroline Harper presented a speech about ending the eye disease trachoma at the TED Conference on April 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. She explained that trachoma still remains the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness and how its impacts on the world’s most vulnerable people is still devastating.


Dr. Harper presented a pair of tweezers and a dose pole to the audience. She explained how the dose pole symbolized the dosage of medication administered to the people and how the pair of tweezers represented the number of people who use tweezers to relieve pain by plucking out their eyelashes.


Dr. Harper summoned philanthropists to join the Audacious Project to free the world from trachoma. The Audation Project advocates for “philanthropy for bold collaborative ideas” by providing financial support for the projects that have the most potential to bring about global change. One of the projects selected is Sightsavers plan to end trachoma.


Sightsavers’ Dr. Harper praised the global collaboration of pharmaceutical companies, ministries of health, donors, communities, and the international development organizations working together to end the war on trachoma.


Sightsavers, an international non-government charity, has been instrumental in fighting the war on trachoma. Trachoma is the leading cause of blindness around the world. Trachoma is a painful eye infection that scars the eyelid causing the eyelashes to turn inward and rub against the eye.


TED’s receives global recognition for their free online talks. Their mission is “ideas worth spreading.”. Although TED is named for its focus on technology, entertainment, and design (TED), it also lends attention to business, science, the arts, and global issues.


Watch the homepage on 26 June 2018 for Caroline Harper’s TED presentation to find out about Sightsavers fight to eliminate the world of trachoma.