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Remote Laundries for Healthy Communities

Date posted: 19th of August 2019

It's laundry day, the washing basket is bursting with your families dirty clothing, bedding and towels. In the blazing sun, you lug the heavy load to your local laundry only to find there are no washing machines that work - the power is out again. You begin the long and arduous task of washing everything by hand but there is no hot water and the detergent is empty.

Doing the laundry shouldn't be this difficult. Yet, for many people living in remote Aboriginal communities getting the washing done is harder than you might think. In communities where overcrowding is common, hygiene is of critical importance.

Healthy hygiene practices are important because they disrupt the spread of diseases such otitis media (OM) which, if left untreated, can cause chronic ear disease and hearing loss. Critically, overcrowding plays a key role in the spread of OM, so improved housing with adequate infrastructure for handwashing, bathing and doing the laundry are essential. There is a strong link between housing and health, and communities need to be supported to maintain healthy homes for healthy kids with healthy ears.

Thankfully, Remote Laundries are helping remote Aboriginal communities overcome these challenges by providing public laundries where people can rely on working machines, hot water, power and high quality detergent. Not only will the public laundries make doing the washing easier, they will benefit the health of the community by helping to break the cycle of disease and illness.

You can help to keep the washing machines turning! Check out the Remote Laundries website to learn how.

 

 

For researchers

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Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

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