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Face to face with chronic disease
Mzurisana’s story: blinding trachoma
WHO/Chris de Bode

Mzurisana waited five long years before seeking treatment for her pain and rapidly-deteriorating vision.

"I couldn't afford the bus fare or the time away from my work to go and have surgery at the hospital," she explains. "Instead, I used these tweezers to pluck the eyelashes that were rubbing against my eyes and causing the pain."

She wasn't aware that she was only worsening her situation by making her lashes shorter and sharper.

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