Breaking News
In 2019, the statistics showed that 18.3% of kids aged 5-9 yrs old across the 25 communities that were screened, had trachoma. The latest reading has dropped dramatically to 3.7%. That is 3.7% of the kids aged 5-9yrs old from the 21 communities screened in the area of Alice Springs Remote, have trachoma. That is a huge reduction!
Well done Rotary - People of Action
What is Trachoma
The World Health Organisation has now updated its global goal to eliminate trachoma by extending it from 2020 to 2030. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. But it is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness.
The work of the Australian Government, the Fred Hollows Foundation and Indigenous Eye Health to treat trachoma infections has seen rates in affected communities reduced substantially. But now, we need to ensure that hygiene practices and the community environments are improved to completely eliminate the disease.
EndTrachoma is supporting a range of services and facilities to assist remote communities take preventative action in eye health. This video demonstrates the great work donated funds are doing to provide a "Washer Trailer" for outback communities. In less than 2.5 minutes you will understand the full impact of this project. Watch the video
Can YOU help in the promotion of prevention to focus on the End Trachoma Project?
We have a new Project that you and your Club can contribute to in a hands-on way to really make a difference. This is the Toiletry Kits Project. In 2020 many clubs across the District took up the opportunity and contributed almost 800 kits to over 13 communities in the Northern Territory. Australia wide Rotarians made and supplied 2,150+ kits!
In 2021, the plan is to provide these kits to 1000 .
This link takes you to the story, the Why, What, How, When and Where about the Toiletry Kits. PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR CLUB - we are always looking for Clubs to consider helping out as we find additional schools in local communities where Trachoma is present and the local Aboriginal community and school are keen to participate. We want to distribute a further 1000 Kits in 2021 to children in schools in the Barkley region of NT - CAN YOU BE PART OF THIS?
Wagga Wagga Sunrise Rotarians putting together 50 Kits for Aboriginal Student in NT
All Rotarians and communities are being asked to consider getting behind this important project. And you will find valuable resources in the download files section and the links to the End Trachoma website, and other resources.
District Champion
District Champion
PDG Michael Milston (Orange Daybreak)
0419 414 959
The darker the area the worse the Trachoma Infections
Projects over time
DONATIONS to this Project are being made through the community organisation Nourish Our Communities Ltd (there is an information page in the left hand frame about this organisation setup for the sole purpose of supporting the Rotary Australia End Trachoma project).
Or use this Donation Form
Clean Eyes are the Key
Washing hands is the Best!
Project Banner spreads
the Word
Sink on Water Trailer
S Surgery - Is needed to reposition turned-in eyelashes so they do not scrape against the cornea.
A Antibiotics - Treat the infection and decrease transmission in endemic regions.
F Facial cleanliness - helps to reduce transmission
E Environmental cleanliness - such as access to water and basic sanitation, reduce risk of exposure and infection