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Australian trachoma surveillance report 2016

Posted on: 29 January, 2018
Issue: Vol 18 No 1, January 2018 – March 2018
Related to Eye health Infants and young children Remote Rural Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Western Australia

The Kirby Institute (2017)
Australian trachoma surveillance report 2016
Sydney: The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

This annual report provides data on active trachoma in Australia in 2016. Trachoma screening and management data were provided by the Northern Territory (NT), South Australia (SA), Western Australia (WA) and Queensland (QLD). Results are reported for:

  • trachoma program coverage
  • screening coverage
  • clean face prevalence
  • trachoma prevalence
  • antibiotic distribution and coverage
  • trichiasis
  • health promotion activities

The report notes that there have been substantial improvements in trachoma control in Australia in recent years, with the estimated prevalence of active trachoma decreasing from 14% in 2009 to 4.7% in 2016. However, persistently high levels of trachoma continue to be found in some regions. In 2016, 150 remote Indigenous communities were identified as at risk of endemic trachoma. The report calls for enhanced activity in the areas of health promotion and environmental improvements to achieve trachoma elimination by 2020 and validation of elimination by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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