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Soap helping to reduce trachoma

16 June 2017

More than 200,000 free soap will be offered to communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and Goldfields regions to help reduce the incidence of trachoma and other diseases in regional WA.

Aboriginal child with soap

The Squeaky Clean Kids program will provide soap to communities at risk of trachoma or trachoma resurgence, and promote hygiene messages there and in local schools.

Australia is the only developed country with trachoma, a bacterial infection which causes inflammation of the inside of the eyelid, that if left untreated, can cause scarring and blindness.

Trachoma is spread through contact with eye and nasal discharge of an infected person. There are no obvious symptoms of trachoma in its early stages, which is why prevention methods are so important.