End Trachoma 2020

What does Australia have that the other developed nations of the world don’t?
Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness. It is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and creates swelling under the inner eyelid. Repeated episodes of infection lead to scarring. The scars cause eyelashes to turn inward and scratch the eye, producing intense pain made worse by blinking. Eventually, if left untreated, the scratched cornea becomes cloudy, and irreversible blindness follows.
How it spreads Trachoma spreads by personal contact (via hands, clothing, towels or bedding), or by flies in contact with infected discharge from the nose or eyes of children’s faces. Where does trachoma exist?
Australia is the last developed country where trachoma still remains a problem. It isn’t found in mainstream Australia, but lingers in remote Indigenous communities, where there is poor sanitation, overcrowded households and low personal and community hygiene.
Young children are particularly at risk. Keeping every child’s face clean, and ensuring functional and appropriate wash facilities are available for the community is essential. Improving hygiene will also reduce other common, serious infections.  EndTrachoma by 2020 is an opportunity for all clubs around Australia to unite and support our least advantaged Australians. To get involved, visit: www.endtrachoma2020.org.au