WHISPER

The Jigger Free Community Programme

This programme is to fight the chigoe flea, a serious but neglected medical problem which has been described as a hidden African killer, especially for young children and elderly people. This programme brings prevention and treatment to rural communities in Uganda.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1139078)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£10,000

Donations

1

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

  • "Whisper resuscitates hope for children in jigger infested communities"

    — Title of an article on Whisper's work in New Vision, one of the two national newspapers in Uganda

  • "Whisper resuscitates hope for children in jigger infested communities"

    — Title of an article on Whisper's work in New Vision, one of the two national newspapers in Uganda

Situation

Jiggers are fleas, but they are no ordinary fleas. They don't just bite you and leave; they burrow into the skin and live there, swelling to the size of a pea as their bodies fill with eggs. They often attack the feet, making walking painful or impossible. Wounds caused by jiggers can become infected, sometimes with serious diseases such as tetanus, so in some cases jiggers can kill. Poor hygiene has lead to a jigger epidemic in rural Uganda.

Solution

With your help, our team will provide community training on how to rid households of jiggers, provide treatment for affected household members and will educate them in hygiene standards.