Better late than never: a national approach to trachoma control
In line with its Vision 2020 initiative, the World Health Organization adopted a resolution to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020. To achieve this goal, WHO recommends the SAFE strategy (Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement) for countries implementing trachoma control programs. Australia is the only developed country of the 57 trachoma endemic countries listed by WHO. (1)
Trachoma was endemic and a significant cause of blindness in many parts of the Western world, including Australia, until the early 1900s. As housing, hygiene and living conditions improved, trachoma disappeared from most parts of Australia.2 However, these improvements are yet to occur in remote Aboriginal populations in Australia, where trachoma is still endemic.
Mak, D. B. (2006). Better late than never: A national approach to trachoma control. Medical Journal of Australia, 184(10), 487-488.