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Elimination of Avoidable Blindness in Indigenous Communities
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust will work closely with Australian community and health organisations to speed up the elimination of avoidable blindness in indigenous communities.
Elimination of Trachoma
1. Implement the SAFE strategy for trachoma control.
Surgery is needed to stop eye lashes from turning in and rubbing against the cornea which causes blindness.
Antibiotics are essential to treat and reduce infection and transmission in endemic countries.
Facial cleanliness helps to reduce transmission by close contact and flies.
Environmental improvements e.g. access to safe water and basic sanitation reduce reinfection.
2. Stop the repeated spread of infection from one child’s eye to another with a community-based program.
3. Promote “clean faces, strong eyes” as a health message.
4. Increase the presence of ophthalmologists and optometrists for more effective delivery of eye care services in outback areas.
5. Synchronise the activities of service providers including existing Aboriginal Medical Services and Regional Surgical Centres.
Elimination of Diabetic Retinopathy
1. Promote regular eye examinations for those with diabetes to reduce vision loss by improving early detection and treatment.
2. Prevent up to 98 per cent of blindness from diabetes through timely provision of laser treatment.
The UK Trust will connect eye health specialists across the Commonwealth to strengthen knowledge and skills. It will leverage the Trust’s potential to secure increased commitment to eye health from leaders and influencers across the Commonwealth.
At the local level the Trust is working closely with National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Vision 2020, Professor Hugh Taylor, Professor Paul Mitchell and other leading Australian experts.