How political neglect lets an epidemic of blindness go unchecked

By Russell Skelton, The Age

HUGH Taylor's war on trachoma began 35 years ago. As a young doctor, he travelled the red dirt roads of the Tanami Desert in a beat-up Land Rover with the late Fred Hollows dispensing medical help to an estimated 10,000 Aboriginal men, women and children with the catastrophic eye disease.

Last week, researchers published the “Global Burden of Disease Study 2010,” the most comprehensive effort since the GBD 1990 to produce complete and comparable estimates of the burden of diseases and other health challenges.

The magnitude of the problem is significant…   
783 million people do not have access to safe water.
2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.

It’s not easy being a woman in most parts of the world. Women in developed countries like the United States often have their hands full with working full-time, caring for children and managing their households. But if you’re a woman living in one of the world’s poorest regions, the daily tasks required for survival may be next to impossible – especially if you have a neglected tropical disease.

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