An evaluation of a SAFE-style trachoma control program in central Australia
Letter to the editor in a scholarly journal
To the Editor: In their study of a SAFE-style trachoma control program (which included Antibiotic treatment, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvement, but not Surgery) in a remote Australian community, Ewald et al suggest that no systematic SAFE trachoma control program exists in Australia. (1)
In the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Kimberley Public Health Unit (KPHU) has coordinated a trachoma control program since 1989. The World Health Organization SAFE strategy has been implemented since 1996, as described in the Kimberley regional trachoma control guidelines and a peer-reviewed publication. (2,3)
The trachoma control program in the Kimberley has been delivered by a variety of environmental health, health promotion, community and clinical health professionals employed by State and local governments, and by community-controlled and other non-government organisations. We believe a coordinated regional approach is mandatory, because of the numerous organisations involved in program delivery.
Johnson, G. H., & Mak, D. B. (2003). An evaluation of a SAFE-style trachoma control program in central Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 179(2), 116-118.