Trachoma Health Promotion - Remote
Working to promote good health and hygiene practices to eliminate Trachoma from remote communities.
About the Trachoma Health Promotion - Remote Program
The main strategies the Trachoma Health Promotion Officers are trying to achieve are:
- Implementing consist routines across all settings (integrating a variety of personal hygiene promotion messages into a consistent routine)
- Building these routines into training for staff (eg. Batchelor Certificate Early Childhood)
- Building routines into policy and procedures/guidelines for early childhood and schools
- Engaging the community in fun, engaging activities which integrate Trachoma prevention messages (workshops across various settings)
- Training community based workers (in association with FHF) and other community mentors (eg. early childhood) in how to conduct the workshops and providing resources to enable sustainability of these activities. (show example booklet)
- Building trachoma prevention activities into curriculum
- Enhacing access to and optimising trachoma prevention resources (music USB, integrating booklets into training programs)
- Advocating for environmental improvements for clean, well equipped washing stations in settings (health promoting schools approach) and in houses (including responsive maintenance systems)
- Working with local stores to enhance prompts for purchase of soap, tissues
The team works in partnership with CDC, FHF, IEHU and other local agencies/groups to undertake health promotion in communities designed to address the F (facial cleanliness) and E (environmental improvement) components of the SAFE strategy for Trachoma elimination.
The main focus of their work is the five priority communities of:
- Ti Tree
- Docker River
The team is also available to support Trachoma health promotion in Congress clinics and will provide any resources developed.
They work in a settings-based approach, working broadly across the community to reduce Trachoma and other infections by:
- Promoting and reinforcing consistent personal hygiene routines and practices that reduce infection transmission risk
- Improving the environment to make healthier choices easier