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- Madeleine Keck discusses how the high cost of necessities like soap in remote towns leads to higher rates of trachoma infections for Indigenous youth.
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Poverty, overcrowded housing and the excessive cost of basic hygiene products in remote communities makes it incredibly difficult for Australia to eliminate trachoma, a contagious eye disease not found in any other developed country, a Senate committee has heard.
The committee is investigating the over-pricing of items in remote Aboriginal communities and heard from Melbourne University’sIndigenous Eye Health Institute earlier in October. The institute’s senior engagement officer Karl Hampton said the price-gouging of items like soap and towels is a key factor to Indigenous youth holding “the heavy burden” of serious trachoma infections.
Read the full article about high rates of trachoma infections by Madeleine Keck at Global Citizen.