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Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme



Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme

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Report for Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne; Ninti One Research Report NR002


Ninti One Limited


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Ninti One was invited by Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) to conduct an evaluation of the Trachoma Health Promotion Programme (THPP). The project evaluated the work of IEH at the University of Melbourne and its contribution to the goals of the National THPP in six remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia (namely the tristate border region of South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia). The intent of the project was to identify community knowledge and perceptions of the THPP and what impact this knowledge had on the respondents and their actions. The outputs will be used by IEH and others working in this field to continue the work of eliminating trachoma and to improve and develop future activities and initiatives. The research was conducted over six locations – Ali Curung, Finke, Lajamanu, Ntaria, Pukatja (Ernabella) and Warburton – ensuring that a sufficiently large and representative sample of people was reached in each community and overall across the population. - Executive summary; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Introduction -- Monitoring and evaluation strategy -- Research process -- Dara from survey questions -- Data analysis -- Conclusion -- Appendix A-B




Prevention and control; Trachoma; Health and hygiene; Ophthalmology; Eye diseases; Aboriginal Australians

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Ninti One Limited

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Alice Springs


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iv, 38 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Ninti One Research Report NR002 Ninti One Limited Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme v Report for Indigenous Eye Health University of Melbourne The data showed that: 77% of people had seen Milpa 75% knew that Milpa meant good hygiene/faces/eyes 73% of people see Milpa and think of eyes/faces 86% understand what Milpa is saying. Few people appear to understand that trachoma is a transmittable disease, with many believing it is attributed to bush living conditions. Nobody objected to Milpa or the THPP messages, although they proposed ways to improve the impact of the messages and visits. Over half (77) of the respondents indicated there is nothing stopping them from keeping faces clean, and of the categories indicating a barrier, no running water or no hot water were the most frequently cited and affected 23 people. Community respondents freely contributed practical suggestions and ideas for improving the impact of Milpas message, from the way information is shown on TV to the kinds of events that would make the greatest impact and the names that could be used for Milpa locally. They offered a wealth of comments, indicating that people notice and care about health promotion. It also shows that community people will respond openly and clearly if asked in the right way and in a setting that suits them. The Aboriginal Community Researcher teams have been crucial in gaining the information that we have secured through this evaluation.