Trachoma is the largest infectious cause of blindness in the world. It is estimated to affect about 21.4 million people of whom about 2.2 million are visually impaired and 1.2 million are blind. Australia is the only high-income country in the world where people are still affected by trachoma. Africa has the highest burden of the disease, with women and youth being particularly vulnerable. Women are almost twice as likely as men to go blind from trachoma and the majority of trachoma infection occurs in children from 1-9 years of age. (2020 INSight)
What we’re doing about it
The Trust is working with members of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control to make significant advances towards the elimination of blinding trachoma. It aims to achieve elimination of trachoma in seven countries – Australia, Kenya, Malawi, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and make a significant progress towards ultimate elimination goals in four other countries. It is implementing the World Health Organization approved SAFE strategy for trachoma control to fight the disease.
How we measure progress
Monitoring and evaluation is a key component of this project and the measurement of progress against indicators will be achieved by a number of complementary methods, including impact surveys, post-Mass Drug Administration coverage surveys (to verify the true coverage achieved), routine data collected by the health system, supervision checklists, programme/district reports and financial reports. Regular updates on progress will be shared on this website.