Field methods for the control of Trachoma

Catalogue Number: 3650
Field methods for the control of Trachoma
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Booklet
Editor: TARIZZO M. L.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1973
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Geneva, Switzerland
Publisher/Manufacturer: World Health Organization
Description Of Item: Blue card covers, 240 x 160 mm, 48 pages, Two colour plates each with 6 colour photographs of Trachoma . Figure of the recommended record card on page 31.
Historical Significance: Programs for prevention of blindness had their origin in the late 19th century. Military ophthalmia, also called Egyptian ophthalmia and now known as trachoma, was a public health issue in the 19th century. It was a common and acute anterior eye infection that immobilised armies and spread to civilian populations. It is a really important public health issue when whole armies cannot fight because of seriously red and sore eyes! Military ophthalmia was on the agenda of the first meeting the International Congress of Ophthalmology in 1857. In 1929 the Congress's successor body, the International Council of Ophthalmology adopted a public health agenda by forming the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness and the International Organisation against Trachoma. The big prevention of blindness issues at that time were trachoma and onchocerciasis. Trachoma is an infection with Chlamydia trachomatis that causes chronic and severe anterior eye inflammation and scarring of the cornea leading to blindness. The big step forward was in 1975 with the foundation of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) by the World Health Organisation. This report Field methods for the control of Trachoma is the product of the work of the World Health Organisation just prior to the foundation of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) The Ediror, Dr Tarizzo, was at the time this book was published the Program Manager for Prevention of Blindness of the World Heath Organization
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia
Date Acquired: Aug 2018
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 8

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