EndTrachoma by 2020

The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020. It is the world’s leading infectious cause of irreversible blindness. Australia remains the last developed country in the world where this disease still persists. It is prevalent in remote Indigenous communities where living standards are inadequate, where there is a lack of functional, maintained washing facilities, and where homes are chronically overcrowded. Current personal and community hygiene practices allow the frequent spreading of infected secretions from one child to another, and although trachoma is easily treated with antibiotics, it is the frequent recurrent infections that damage the eyelids and cause blindness.
 
To stop trachoma transmission and to stop trachoma bouncing back, environmental improvements are urgently required. We must make sure all children in these communities can keep their faces clean, and that they have safe, functional washing facilities.
 
EndTrachoma by 2020 is a project led by the RC Melbourne. It unites Rotary clubs across Australia to work towards eliminating trachoma by preventing the spread of infection that causes this avoidable blindness. This project is endorsed by 2017- 18 Rotary International President, Australian Ian Riseley, and Zone Director Noel Trevaskis, and as a project to commemorate Rotary Australia’s centenary year in 2021.
Information can be found at http://www.endtrachoma2020.org.au.
 
Program Representatives: Rob McGuirk (Melbourne), Murray Verso (Williamstown), Kerry Kornhauser OAM (Melbourne)