'Clean Face Strong Eyes'

IHHP has been working with Melbourne University and Indigenous Eye Health at The University of Melbourne along with communities across Australia to work towards eradicating the third world disease of Trachoma. Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness in 42 of the world’s poorest countries. Australia is the only developed country in the world to still have active trachoma in remote Indigenous communities. The National campaign in which we support is called ‘Clean Face, Strong Eyes’.

The key messages of the campaign are:

IHHP is working hard across the country towards trachoma elimination programs in NT, WA and SA where there has been some great progress with screening, treatment and health promotion programs. Trachoma is one of the few health issues for Aboriginal people where there is some success with rates having gone down considerably from 14% in 2009 to 4.7% in 2014.

To sustain the effective antibiotic treatment we are promoting clean faces, blowing noses till empty, washing hands, good hygiene practices and advocating for safe and functional bathrooms – these measures will reduce many infections in children. IHHP has joined the trachoma eradication social marketing and health promotion activities around communities in order to reach the goal of eliminating trachoma from Australia by 2020.

IHHP – Warburton – Kulilla Kulilla, Pay Attention 

“Kulila Kulila, Pay attention” – Warburton Community, Ngaanyatjarra Lands WA. Clean Faces, Strong Eyes Trachoma Campaign.

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was so proud to make this video in partnership with Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne along with Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, Wilurarra and Warburton community, Ngaanyatjarra Lands WA.

Trachoma can make you blind, so this music video/health resource was made by community members to show how to eliminate trachoma through washing faces and ensuring that bathrooms, taps and showers are kept clean, safe and functional.

Trachoma rates have come right down through the annual antibiotics program and keeping kids faces clean (without mucky eyes or snotty noses). By working together trachoma it can be eliminated. So remember kids, if your face is dirty, wash it – you only need a little bit of water!

“Through My Eyes” – Docker River (Kaltukatjara) NT. Clean Faces, Strong Eyes Trachoma Campaign 

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to make this video in partnership with Indigenous Eye Health at The University of Melbourne, Nyangatjatjara College and Kaltukatjara community in very remote Northern Territory.

IHHP Oak Valley ‘Kuru Payla – Anangu Tjutaku’: Clean Faces, Strong Eyes Trachoma Campaign

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was so proud to make this award winning (RANZCO) video in partnership with Indigenous Eye Health at The University of Melbourne, the Oak Valley Anangu School and Pitjantjatjara community in very remote South Australia.

Trachoma rates in Oak Valley have come right down through the annual antibiotics program and keeping kids faces clean (without mucky eyes or snotty noses). By working together trachoma it can be eliminated. So remember kids, if your face is dirty, wash it – you only need a little bit of water!

IHHP – CLEAN FACE STRONG EYES- Kalkaringi Mob

IHHP partnered with Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation working together with the Gurindji people to eradicate Trachoma. IHHP spent time in Kalkarinji and Daguragu learning the ways of the community.

IHHP Warburton ‘Clean Face Strong Eyes’ 2016

IHHP artists Matt Last, AKA ‘Adnate’ visited Warburton with our crew and Melbourne University Eye Health Unit Trachoma Campaign ‘Clean Face, Strong Eyes’. Adnate took portrait photos of two community members and then painted a large-scale community mural accompanied by slogans and logo, focusing on the key messages of the campaign. The Mural is now a permanent, sustainable feature in the community and a reminder of how important it is to keep ‘Clean Face and Strong Eyes’. The mural will be a long lasting feature for years to come in the community and will be both a powerful addition to the campaign and a reminder to everyone about the key message.