The trigger of a very common skin disease, which is also known as "jiggers", is a parasite from the sand flea family and triggers the disease Tungiasis / Tunga Penetrans. They often affect the soles of the feet, toes, hands & fingers, knees, elbows and pubic area. It causes the skin to peel off and infections to develop. In addition, the sand flea causes extreme itching, which aggravates those affected severely and is so painful that toddlers, school children and adults can only carry out everyday activities such as running, sitting, eating, writing and studying with difficulty or not at all. A lack of daily hygiene due to extreme poverty and lack of water promotes the development of sand fleas in dry, dusty soils. With only the simplest and inexpensive means such as soaps, disinfectants and a pair of sturdy shoes, those affected can participate in everyday life again, laugh, live and go to school.
In January 2020, we contacted a Kenyan doctor, who wants to examine the situation in the village more closely in order to clarify how to proceed further. It is necessary to draw up a concept of how we want to proceed and above all to find donors and helpers who will enable us to tackle this problem in the village.