Chapter 7 Lomo Kikuyu: Trachoma

The cataract is neither the beginning nor the end of this story. There are many more illnesses, and a shocking number of people afflicted by them.

Approximately 84 million people suffer from trachoma infections all around the world, about 1.5 million are completely blind as a result. In this case, however, irreversibly so – meaning that not even an operation can help. This illness is brought about by a virus infection in the eye transmitted from person to person on hands, clothes and by insects.

Much of the disastrous and irreparable damage that this illness causes could be prevented with treatment and facial hygiene awareness. If a child were to be infected with the trachoma just once their own bodily immune system would be quite able to ward it off all by itself. But it doesn’t happen like that. A mother, for instance, usually uses the same towel to wipe the faces of all her children, and if one child has an infected eye then the germs are transmitted each time she wipes one of the other children’s faces, again and again. This reoccurring infection by the virus within the family or village community is harder for the body to combat so the illness worsens, and if left untreated it will eventually lead to incurable blindness.

What, apart from the urgent necessity of preventing reoccurring infections, could still help?

An antibiotic cream used directly after the first infection can kill the virus before it spreads. This treatment costs a total of 5 euros. If the infection is already at an advanced stage but is not yet at its most acute (i.e. complete blindness) simple surgery on the eyelid can help the patient. A mere 15 euros can save such a person’s eyesight.

Lomo Kikuyu It’s good to see (again). Every Lomographer along with their friends and acquaintances worldwide is being appealed to donate 30 Euros/30 American dollars to save a person’s eyesight. Get the chance to do this by getting your own Lomo Kikuyu Book now.

written by ungrumpy on 2011-11-28 in #library #lomography #library #kikuyu #excerpt #kenya

More Interesting Articles

  • Daniel Sorine Shares Photographs of Young Robin Williams as a Mime

    written by chooolss on 2014-08-18 in #lifestyle
    Daniel Sorine Shares Photographs of Young Robin Williams as a Mime

    As the world grieves the death of prolific actor and comedian Robin Williams, photographer Daniel Sorine reveals a number of photographs taken in 1974, showing a pair of mimes hamming it up for the camera. One of them was Williams - only, Sorine was only able to realize this fact more than three decades later.

  • The Lomo LC-A Goes to Berlin

    written by petit_loir on 2015-03-10 in #world #locations
    The Lomo LC-A Goes to Berlin

    Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany. With its 3.5 million residents, it is also the second largest city in the European Union. Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to culture as there are so many people from many different countries living and working together. Of course, Berlin is also home of Lomography Germany!

    9
  • Phaidon x Lomography Hans Eijkelboom Rumble

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-07 in #competitions
    Phaidon x Lomography Hans Eijkelboom Rumble

    Hans Eijkelboom is a Dutch conceptual artist/street photographer who has just released a book titled Hans Eijkelboom: People of the Twenty-First Century published by Phaidon. We are love these photographs and are offereing you the chance to win a copy of this wonderful book and La Sardina Cubic to capture your very own amazing photos. Read on to enter this great competition!

    1
  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-04 in #people #lomoamigos
    From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    I don't know many bands from Russia but one that I've been admiring for years is Motorama from Rostov-on-Don. With catchy tunes and adorable videos, they took my heart by storm and that of fans from all over the world. Because of their Russian origin, Motorama is of course familiar with Lomo products. Reason enough to let them become our latest LomoAmigos! Enjoy the interview with singer Vlad and check out their B&W photos, taken with a La Sardina Splendour.

  • Diana F+: A Dozen of Possibilities – Part 2: Frame Sizes

    written by dopa on 2014-07-21 in #reviews
    Diana F+: A Dozen of Possibilities – Part 2: Frame Sizes

    There are many reasons to be amazed by the Diana F+. Here is Part 2 of my tribute series to the camera: Frame sizes.

  • Lomo Amigos: The Oscillation

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-08-29 in #people #lomoamigos
    Lomo Amigos: The Oscillation

    The Oscillation are a UK-based Psychedelic space-rock band formed in London in 2006. The band's live shows are a cacophony of growling guitars and hypnotic drum rhythms accompanied by some trippy analogue light shows from experimental filmmaker Julian Hand and light show artist Julian Hand. We gave them an LC-A+ and sent them out into the night! Read on for more.

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • The Lomo LC-A Goes to New York City

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-12 in #world #locations
    The Lomo LC-A Goes to New York City

    New York City is the busiest and most populous city in the USA. Home to 8.5 million people, it is a massive melting pot. The city embraces many different cultures, which makes it home to many immigrants, too. Let's take a look at NYC through the lens of the Lomo LC-A!

    1
  • LomoAmigo Galleries: Asher Moss shoots with the Diana F+ (NSFW)

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2014-05-28 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo Galleries: Asher Moss shoots with the Diana F+ (NSFW)

    Nostalgia, intimacy, and urgent yet understated sensuality – are elements that are evidently part of Asher Moss’ work. Moss’ “Models in the Morning” series caught the attention of many, including the folks here at Lomography. The resolution: let Moss try out a few Lomography cameras, and wait for the visual intimacy to begin. In this first segment of LomoAmigo Galleries featuring Asher Moss, we present to you the photographer’s shots using the Diana F+.

    1
  • Tales from the Trip: Gone Fishing

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-23 in #world #locations
    Tales from the Trip: Gone Fishing

    As intrepid travelers, we don't only search for an adventure or a change of scenery -- we also seek to capture fascinating moments in photographs and tell the compelling stories behind them. In this wanderlust-driven series for the Locations section, we showcase some of the most fascinating travel photos by our fellow lomographers, along with their tales from the trip.

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-06-05 in #lifestyle
    My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!

    7
  • Fresh from the Lab: Modern Architecture in Valencia

    written by sirio174 on 2014-08-14 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: Modern Architecture in Valencia

    Between the end of July and the beginning of August this year, I traveled around Spain, from Barcelona to Gibraltar, then up to Toledo and again down to Zaragoza. With photos fresh from the lab, I'll show you the wonderful architecture of the City of The Arts and Sciences of Valencia in this article. Take a look after the jump!

    1
  • Online Promotion: Summer Bazaar (Asia Only) !

    written by sanamiii on 2014-05-22 in #news
    Online Promotion: Summer Bazaar (Asia Only) !

    Summer is always thrilling and worth looking forward to. There are so many exciting things to do: trips to the seaside, chilling out with friends with beer and music, and going on surfing holidays, to name a few. To make summer even more fun is the ongoing Summer Bazaar in the Lomography Online Shop!