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Kerry Kornhauser : END TRACHOMA 2020

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Rotary’s 2017-18 International President, Australia’s Ian Riseley, wants a trachoma-free Australia by 2021, Rotary’s 100th year in Australia.

Kerry Kornhauser, is one of the leaders of this project, and visited the Northern Territory with IP Ian Riseley earlier this year, to assess and promote the viability of the project.

Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. It is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness. Australia is the world’s only developed country with trachoma. The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020.

With surgery and antibiotics, trachoma rates in affected communities have been reduced substantially. The original 200 ‘hot-spots’ have dwindled to around 50, mainly in central Australia. More work is still required to ensure that hygiene practices and the community environments are improved to completely eliminate the disease. Prevention is now the focus.


From: Thursday November 2, 2017, 6:00 pm

To: Thursday November 2, 2017, 8:00 pm


Royal Brighton Yacht Club

253 Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186

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