What is Trachoma?
Trachoma is an eye infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis. Repeated infection can lead to permanent blindness. Infections can be treated quickly, effectively and even prevented by improving personal and community hygiene.
Australia is the world’s only developed country affected by trachoma, causing significant problems in a number of remote Aboriginal communities.
Rotary’s 2017-18 International President, Australia’s Ian Riseley, wants a Trachoma-free Australia by 2021, Rotary’s 100th year in Australia.
Rotary is supporting some of our least advantaged Australians to improve their health and wellbeing. Installing mirrors in homes can facilitate pride in one’s self and highlight hygiene issues. Subsidising the cost of personal care kits will make good hygiene more affordable. Contributing towards the cost of communal washing machines and facilities will relieve pressure from overcrowded homes. And supporting community pools can ensure that there are open, functional and safe areas for children and young people to play and get clean. These are simple measures that can eliminate trachoma, and the spread of many other infectious diseases.
To learn more about the End Trachoma 2020 project and directly support it, visit the official website: https://www.endtrachoma2020.org.au/