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The Australian Prime Minister has announced $58.3 million over four years to fight chronic eye diseases, including a national trachoma control program. This is part of the broader strategy to 'close the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Trachoma is an infectious eye disease, found in areas where living conditions are crowded and hygiene is poor. Children are particularly vulnerable to trachoma and the infection can lead to blindness in adult life. Trachoma currently affects approximately 20,000 Indigenous Australian children.