AMREF in collaboration with the Ministry of health conducted the round seven of the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) in Kajiado County between October and November 2013.
The AMREF integrated trachoma project funded by Sightsavers, targeted a population of 318,530 (156,420 male and 162,450 female) in the entire county. This number excludes the urban population of approximately 442,129 which trachoma prevalence is low due to availability of social amenities including safer water, health services, and sanitation and hygiene facilities.
The beneficiaries of the MDA also included children below six months of age while pregnant women constitute 7% of the target population who receive the Tetracycline Eye ointment for safety reasons. Children above six months to 59 months constituting 17% of the population were given Azithromycin syrup and Azithromycin tablets was admistered to the rest of the population.
MDA is an intervention to the community with the aim of eliminating trachoma reservoir and prevent the spread of the disease to non infected population.