This week Queen Elizabeth and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is married to Prince Andrew, celebrated the work of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, whose mission has been to curb avoidable blindness and empower a new generation of young leaders, People Magazine reports.
The Queen and Sophie, who is vice patron of the Trust, met beneficiaries of the program at Buckingham Palace, including ophthalmologists and eye health professionals from across the Commonwealth.
Since 2014, the Trust has helped more than 22 million people in Africa and the Pacific receive antibiotics to combat trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, and supported Malawi and Vanuatu in removing the risk of the disease.
Both countries are on track to be certified as having eliminated trachoma by the World Health Organization.
The Trust has also provided sight-saving surgery to more than 104,000 people suffering with trachoma trichiasis.