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New facility will help to eliminate trachoma

Date posted: 6 October 2017

A new public amenities facility building has been handed over to the Yalata community in South Australia by the Australian Army. The building will aid in the fight against trachoma in the region. Through the Australian Trachoma Alliance (ATA), the Yalata community and Tullawon Health Service has implemented the Safe Eyes Project to improve eye health and communicable disease outcomes. The new building forms the visible part of the initiative.

'In Yalata, Tullawon Health Service, with support from the army and ATA, has led the development of a community owned, culturally sensitive and sustainable program to eliminate trachoma, with significant changes in public health behaviours resulting,' said ATA chair Major General Michael Jefferey.

Chief Executive Officer of Tullawon Health Service, Joanne Badke said, 'The program provides education to the community on hygiene practices, provided hand sanitisation stations throughout community, addresses environmental health barriers, embedded good practices in the communitys child and maternal health program and has given us a brand new public amenities building to service the Yalata community and visiting communities to reduce the spreading of communicable disease'.

Source: West Coast Sentinel


Last updated: 11 October 2017
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