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Push to remove trachoma in Indigenous communities

Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness, but Australia is the only high-income country in the world that hasn’t eliminated it.

Trachoma, or as it used to be known – sandy blight, is caused by bacteria in the eye, which creates a swelling under the inner eyelid, and leads to scarring.

Australia has tried to tackle this in the past, so why is it still an issue for some Australian communities?


Ninah Kopel finds out.

Speakers:
Jackie Adems-Barton – Manager of the Indigenous Australia program, Fred Hollows Foundation
Professor Hugh Taylor – Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne

Image: Community Eye Health on Flickr.

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