Tungiasis is an infestation caused by the penetration of the pregnant female flea of Tunga penetrans underneath the skin; children are the ones most affected by it.
The campaign is organized and managed by the Kenyan Red Cross, Malindi Branch, which for years has been fighting this disease, widespread in rural areas of Kenya.
During its visit in February 2015, TotaLife attended a one-day care event arranged at Gahaleni Primary School, located in the hinterland of Malindi. It was a very positive and exciting experience and we all saw the high level of the activities managed by volunteers operating with the Kenyan Red Cross.
Upon our arrival we were cheerfully greeted by the swarm of children who were about to be cured. They were placed in line, first to be registered on the lists provided and then to undergo the treatment, that is both for the eradication of the parasite and for the healing of injuries derived from the infestation. The day was attended by all the children previously recorded, and all volunteers were very enthusiastic, caring and totally committed. Our friend Hilary from Karibuni Onlus, who was in charge of monitoring the compliance with the schedule and the quality of the treatment being offered, gave us every assurance on the high standard of the interventions made so far.
The campaign is still ongoing and successful, with our goal getting closer.