Karen Bayly

Author and Copywriter

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News Booth: I love a good Dystopian Tale ...

...and I enjoy a great horror story but I often wish the news in my social media feeds or on the television wasn't quite so doom and gloom. To counteract this, I'm always on the lookout for stories that make me feel like humanity has a chance, that we can beat the monsters which plague us.

I introduced the idea of a steampunk style News Booth in my novel, “Fortitude” and decided to create a blog version.  So what’s on today?

The Bad News: Trachoma - you wouldn't wish it on your enemies

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Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world. It is linked to poverty and lack of access to clean water and sanitation, and is spread by flies and human touch. It starts as a bacterial infection and, if left untreated, causes the eyelashes to turn in against the eyeball.  The eyelashes feel like thorns (ouch!) scratching the surface of the eye, causing great pain, increased opacity of the cornea, and finally resulting in irreversible blindness. 1.9 million people around the world are now needlessly without sight because they didn’t receive the necessary treatment.

Once prevalent in the west, the fight against this entirely preventable disease continues in poorer communities on Earth.

Read more about trachoma here and here.

The Good News: Malawi is the second country to eliminate trachoma

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Ghana was the first country to beat trachoma. In 2000, around 2.8 million were at risk of the disease. In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognised that the risk was now zero.

Malawi is the second country to win the fight against trachoma. In 2014, 8 million Malawians were at risk of losing their sight to the disease. Today, the vast majority of the population are no longer at risk of trachoma related blindness, and the Malawi Government health system is strong enough to manage any future cases. More about it here. (Note: You might remember that Malawi is where Madonna set up a non-profit charity plus it is the birthplace of her four adopted children.)

Thanks to Future Crunch for alerting me to this information. It's a relief to know that there is still good news out there.

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