The Australian Doctor
23 January, 2013
Australia has been leapfrogged by developing countries when it comes to eliminating blinding trachoma, a study finds.
Despite being the only developed country in the world where trachoma still exists, Australia’s pace in tackling the disease has been “glacial”, according to experts who analysed national progress since the turn of the century.
In outback communities, about 60% of Indigenous children have endemic trachoma, according to the latest estimates.
Nine per cent of blindness in all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults is caused by trachoma.
Less developed countries, by contrast, have made rapid changes over the past 5-10 years, with Morocco, Oman, Iran, Ghana and Vietnam all eliminating trachoma.
“Even Nepal is making great progress.