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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.
Abstract adapted from World Health Organization
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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
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