The scourge of Jiggers Disease
In the hill villages of Busia, a distant county in Kenya, the children are plagued by a parasitic infection called Jiggers Disease. The parasite infests the children’s feet and hands, causing wounds that do not heal well, as the condition cripples their immune systems. For these children, just walking without pain is a dream.
Volunteers travel long distances to combat this scourge. They spray the dusty environs in which the Jiggers proliferates, and clean the children’s feet, applying topical treatment. But the children need shoes to avoid reinfection.
Around 300 children in these villages have this condition presenting a daunting challenge for a community with limited resources.