Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness in 42 of the world's poorest countries. Australia is the only developed country in the world to still have active trachoma in remote Indigenous communities. Trachoma is most often found in small children but scarring and in turned eye lashes are found in older people throughout the country. Trachoma persists in areas with poor personal and community hygiene.
In 2010, IEHU coordinated the development of the Trachoma Story Kit. This comprehensive kit includes flipcharts, guidelines & student resources that can be used by clinics, schools & community groups to provide clear and consistent messages about trachoma, how it is spread & how everyone can help to eliminate it.
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Explore Our Trachoma Resources
A brief explanation of the Trachoma Story Kit and list of accompanying resources.
A range of free downloads including information on how to use the resources, flyers, posters and order forms as well as conference posters talking about a variety of issues in trachoma.
IEH has developed several multimedia resources to help promote awareness of Trachoma. You can view these all for free here.
Order a Trachoma T-shirt, request permission to create your own resources, and more about how to use them effectively.
Milpa's Six Steps to Stop Germs
‘Milpa’s Six Steps to Stop Germs’ is a suite of resources aimed to encourage everyone, particularly kids, to stay healthy and strong and eliminate trachoma and other infectious diseases through following Milpa’s Six Steps to Stop Germs.
IEH have developed a new range of resources aimed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities. Templates are included for easy adaptation by communities and organisations.
Useful Links & Reports
A selection of useful external links and reports relating to trachoma
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