Our new jiggers program is off to a great start, helping people in remote villages take control of this debilitating sand flea. Children, the elderly, disabled and poor are the most affected by jiggers in our project area, and we are reaching them through our amazing Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHWs live in the villages themselves, so are quickly alerted whenever there is a nearby outbreak. Using new research findings, they treat the jiggers on peoples’ fingers and toes with natural coconut and neem solutions which are as effective as other therapies with the added benefits of being non-toxic, promoting of healing, and locally available. Teaching families is a vital part of the program, so that people are able to protect themselves from future infestations. These simple activities are making all the difference to those most in need – just another positive and sustainable impact we are making in Kenya.
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