Trachoma is the world's leading infectious cause of blindness. As the only developed nation affected by this disease, Trachoma is a significant issue in Australia that remains prevalent in our remote indigenous communities.

Trachoma often starts in childhood and can be easily transmitted between children. Repeat infections from childhood can lead to blindness by the age of 30. Teaching children in these communities about good hygiene thorough face-washing and handwashing is an important way to eradicate this preventable disease. 

At Ventia, we teamed up with Rotary Clubs, Melbourne University, Monash University and our client INPEX to design and deliver an interactive water trailer to help educate indigenous children in remote communities about good hygiene practices.

The MKII Interactive Water Trailer is designed to gamify hygiene practices with lights and music. The interactive games teach children about the importance of hygiene incorporating a light water spray for children to actively engage in face-washing practices.

The improved model built by our Ventia team in Darwin is stronger, lower and fitted with dust sealing for outback conditions. The trailer has been donated to the Katherine West Health Board to be deployed to remote Indigenous communities.

Together we are closer to eliminating trachoma in Australia!

Pictured above: The MKII Interactive Water Trailer uses play and interactive games to teach children about the importance of hygiene.