Orange Daybreak Rotary will work with other Rotary clubs in the area to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate trachoma in Australia. Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious disease globally and Australia remains to be the last leading country with this infectious disease. Trachoma is spread by personal contact (via hands, clothing, bedding or towels) or by flies that have been in contact with an infected person. Trachoma causes scarring to the eyelids which rub on the cornea of the eye resulting in blindness in severe cases. Trachoma is an entirely preventable disease, and infections can be treated quickly and effectively. By preventing unnecessary blindness, we secure a better future for Indigenous Australians.
Orange daybreak wants to motivate each person in our district and as many Rotarians as possible to play an important part in ended Trachoma by 2020. The work of the Australian Government, the Fred Hollows Foundation and Indigenous Eye Health to treat trachoma infections has seen rates in affected communities reduced to complete elimination of the disease. But now, we need to ensure that hygiene practices and the community environments are improved to completely eliminate the disease.
For more information visit: https://www.endtrachoma2020.org.au
To donate visit: https://www.endtrachoma2020.org.au/donate