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Fighting the Jigger Parasite - 26 Aug 2015
The problem of jigger parasites, female sand fleas that burrow their way under skin, is widespread in the eastern, northern and northeastern parts of Uganda. Left untreated, the parasite can lead to secondary infections that can be fatal. NGO Sole Hope works with local and international volunteers to treat sufferers, removing the parasites either with safety pins or razor blades. Encouraging people to cover their feet is part of the battle against the parasite; treatment includes a free pair of shoes as very few of those affected are able to afford even sandals.
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDJ
August 26, 2015
Yusuf Kagwa, 45, who suffered severe jigger infestation, poses for a picture to show the jigger scars...
Jinja, Uganda
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Yusuf Kagwa, 45, who suffered severe jigger infestation, poses for a picture to show the jigger scars in his feet at his home in Buyende district, eastern Uganda August 5, 2015 after being discharged from the Sole Hope medical centre. Left untreated, jigger parasites can lead to secondary infections that can be fatal. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEN
August 26, 2015
Yusuf Kagwa, 45, who suffered severe jigger infestation, sits on his bed at his home in Buyende district,...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
Yusuf Kagwa, 45, who suffered severe jigger infestation, sits on his bed at his home in Buyende district, eastern Uganda August 5, 2015 after being discharged from the Sole Hope medical centre. The problem of jiggers, female sand fleas that burrow their way under skin, is widespread in the eastern, northern and northeastern parts of Uganda. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDL
August 26, 2015
A boy puts on his new shoes in a doorway of his family home in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
A boy puts on his new shoes in a doorway of his family home in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. NGO Sole Hope works with local and international volunteers to treat sufferers, removing the parasites either with safety pins or razor blades. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEI
August 26, 2015
School children stand barefoot in a queue waiting for jiggers in their feet to be removed during a medical...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
School children stand barefoot in a queue waiting for jiggers in their feet to be removed during a medical outreach project conducted by Sole Hope in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. Encouraging people to cover their feet is part of the battle against the parasite; treatment includes a free pair of shoes as very few of those affected are able to afford even sandals. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDM
August 26, 2015
Toes of a baby that are hosting jiggers under nails are seen before undergoing jigger removal and treatment...
Jinja, Uganda
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Toes of a baby that are hosting jiggers under nails are seen before undergoing jigger removal and treatment by the Sole Hope organisation in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPER
August 26, 2015
A school girl holds a piece of paper on which the location of jiggers on her feet will be drawn by Sole...
Jinja, Uganda
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A school girl holds a piece of paper on which the location of jiggers on her feet will be drawn by Sole Hope volunteer workers in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPED
August 26, 2015
A Sole Hope volunteer cleans the feet of a man infested with jiggers before having the parasites removed...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
A Sole Hope volunteer cleans the feet of a man infested with jiggers before having the parasites removed in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEB
August 26, 2015
A Sole Hope volunteer examines the foot of a man infested with jiggers before removing the parasites...
Jinja, Uganda
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A Sole Hope volunteer examines the foot of a man infested with jiggers before removing the parasites in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEC
August 26, 2015
A schoolgirl sits with her schoolmates and sucks a lollipop to soothe her as jiggers are removed from...
Jinja, Uganda
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A schoolgirl sits with her schoolmates and sucks a lollipop to soothe her as jiggers are removed from her foot in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEH
August 26, 2015
A schoolgirl sits with her schoolmates and sucks a lollipop to soothe her as her foot is examined to...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
A schoolgirl sits with her schoolmates and sucks a lollipop to soothe her as her foot is examined to remove jiggers from it in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPES
August 26, 2015
A Sole Hope volunteer uses a razor blade to cut out a female sand flea from a man's foot in Kalebera...
Jinja, Uganda
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A Sole Hope volunteer uses a razor blade to cut out a female sand flea from a man's foot in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEA
August 26, 2015
A close-up photograph shows a female sand flea that has been removed from a sufferer as it lays its eggs...
Jinja, Uganda
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A close-up photograph shows a female sand flea that has been removed from a sufferer as it lays its eggs in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDR
August 26, 2015
A close-up photograph shows a housefly on a female sand flea that has been removed from a sufferer as...
Jinja, Uganda
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A close-up photograph shows a housefly on a female sand flea that has been removed from a sufferer as it lays its eggs in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPE7
August 26, 2015
Sole Hope Executive Director Dru Collie carries a child who is being treated to have jiggers removed...
Jinja, Uganda
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Sole Hope Executive Director Dru Collie carries a child who is being treated to have jiggers removed from his feet in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEF
August 26, 2015
A Sole Hope volunteer helps fit a young boy with shoes shortly after he underwent treatment to remove...
Jinja, Uganda
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A Sole Hope volunteer helps fit a young boy with shoes shortly after he underwent treatment to remove jiggers from his feet in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPE9
August 26, 2015
An employee of charity Sole Hope make shoe soles from strips cut from used car tyres at their workshop...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
An employee of charity Sole Hope make shoe soles from strips cut from used car tyres at their workshop in Jinja town August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDS
August 26, 2015
An employee of the charity Sole Hope makes shoes from old denim and soles from strips cut from used car...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
An employee of the charity Sole Hope makes shoes from old denim and soles from strips cut from used car tyres at their workshop in Jinja town August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDU
August 26, 2015
An employee of the charity Sole Hope make shoes from strips cut from used car tires and old denim at...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
An employee of the charity Sole Hope make shoes from strips cut from used car tires and old denim at their workshop in Jinja town August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDW
August 26, 2015
Schoolchildren wear shoes soon after undergoing jigger removal and treatment in Kalebera village, Jinja...
Jinja, Uganda
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Schoolchildren wear shoes soon after undergoing jigger removal and treatment in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDQ
August 26, 2015
Sole Hope Executive Director Dru Collie speaks with children seated in a circle as they wear their new...
Jinja, Uganda
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Sole Hope Executive Director Dru Collie speaks with children seated in a circle as they wear their new shoes soon after undergoing jigger removal and treatment by Sole Hope in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPDO
August 26, 2015
Volunteers take selfie pictures with schoolchildren during an outreach medical session conducted by Sole...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
Volunteers take selfie pictures with schoolchildren during an outreach medical session conducted by Sole Hope in Kalebera village, Jinja district, eastern Uganda, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
RTX1PPEJ
August 26, 2015
A Sole Hope volunteer secures boxes of shoes onto the top of a field truck with rope at their offices...
Jinja, Uganda
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A Sole Hope volunteer secures boxes of shoes onto the top of a field truck with rope at their offices in Jinja town August 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
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