Endemic trachoma in regional areas

As part of the WHO-supported Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma (GET) 2020 initiative, the government committed $16 million over a four-year period from 2009 towards eliminating trachoma in Australia.

However, endemic levels — defined as a prevalence of 5% or greater among children — of trachoma were still found, predominantly in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

Trachoma prevalence among screened children aged