rural Kenya, most families live on less than a dollar a day. Children grow up with little food or even water. Under such conditions, many are malnourished and suffer from parasitic infections such as
"jiggers" (or sandfleas) that infest the feet and hands, causing pain and eventual loss of mobility. Because of this, some don't attend
free primary school which is free, and thus have no future unless a solution is found.
Malaria and typhoid are both common leaving children very
anemic and when this is compounded by intestinal worms, the road to recovery is very uncertain.
Malnutrition, jiggers and other chronic parasitic conditions are not treated at government hospitals currently as they
concentrate on life threatening diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. Typically children return home to the same conditions which caused their illness in the first place.
days make a considerable improvement of a child's health
Community Outreach organises health days
to treat scabies, ringworm and
worms, and to identify cases of malnutrition.
Generally, health days are hosted at primary schools. The average
cost of treatment per child is $0.27. We can treat 400 children
a day. There is a considerable improvement in the child's health
for over six months.