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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

SAFE

 

Overview

The SAFE program is a strategy to eliminate trachoma as a blinding disease. The program is a combination of interventions, forming the acronym, SAFE, which stands for surgery for trichiasis (inturned eyelashes), Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement.

These interventions will be community-targeted and will seek community involvement through the primary health care approach.

SAFE was developed by the World Health Organisation, which support the implementation of the strategy in countries who have concerning levels of trachoma.

Abstract adapted from World Health Organization

Contacts

World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Ph: +41 (22) 791 21 11

Related publications

Wright HR, Keeffe JE, Taylor HR (2010)

Barriers to the implementation of the SAFE strategy to combat hyperendemic trachoma in Australia.

Ophthalmic Epidemiology; 17(6): 349-359

Mak DB, O'Neill LM, Herceg A, McFarlane H (2006)

Prevalence and control of trachoma in Australia, 1997-2004.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 30(2): 236-247

Evaluated publications

Ewald DP, Hall GV, Franks CC (2003)

An evaluation of a SAFE-style trachoma control program in Central Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 178(2): 65-68

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Last updated: 1 September 2016
 
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