Tasked with the eradication of Jiggers (Tunga Penetrans) in Uganda, the Mobile Medical travels throughout Uganda, removing Jiggers. promoting good hygiene and improving sanitation practices.
Jiggers, commonly known as chigoe fleas, small insects which look like fleas, are the culprits in the epidemic which causes parts of the body to rot. They often enter through the feet and once inside a person’s body, they suck the blood, grow and breed, multiplying by the hundreds. The affected body parts - buttocks, lips, even eyelids - rot away.
Since 2013, IRFF has served over 21 different locations of Uganda promoting health, and also empowering villages in income generating activities through sustainable agriculture. The team has been removing Jiggers from people, most often children, in rural communities throughout Uganda. In 2014, through our annual sponsored walk, and the generous donations of our supporters, we were able to purchase a vehicle allowing the team to make more Jigger removal trips since then.
One success story: Bulale Mixed Primary School is now Jigger-free, thanks to the efforts of the Mobile Medical Team through a number of visits!
IRFF UK has a plan to eradicate jiggers as much as possible from the regions we work in – Kampala, Masaka, Rakai, Jinja and Iganga regions. To do this we need your help.
The team is in constant need of funding for:
- Jigger removal equipment
- Medicines, Disinfectant, insecticide and sprayers(for fumigation).
- Shoes (given to those who have non after Jiggers have been remived to prevent re-infection)
- Tents to house the volunteers who go out to run the project
- Volunteer, admin and staff costs
IRFF UK wishes to realise the elimination of jiggers in rural Uganda. Please think about whether you would like to help enable IRFF UK deliver these outcomes as soon as possible.
All support is welcome from a one off donation to a regular monthly contribution to support the project. IRFF is ready to channel your donation into transforming the lives of Ugandan children and elders.
You can support this project by donating here!