|Taking strides to end Trachoma in Barsaloi, Samburu County!
The Samburu are a nomadic community well known for their love of livestock. Cultural limitations, ignorance, lack of role models and lack of education have all played a part in the poor water and sanitation practices in Samburu County, Kenya. Only 20% of the population in Samburu County practice facial hygiene and wash their hands during the four critical times. The poor hygiene practices have propelled the spread of Trachoma, a chronic eye condition caused byChlamydia Trachomatis bacterium. The bacterium produces a component that roughens the inner surface of the eyelids, causing eyelashes to turn inwards and rub onto the eyeballs. The disease is spread through contact with eye discharge from an infected person.It is with this in mind that Amref Health Africa, in partnership with Sight-Savers through the Kenya Elimination of Trachoma Programme, embarked on training Community Health Workers (CHWs) on Trachoma through Leap, the mHealth platform.
“When I learnt that the condition was treatable, I was shocked but relieved. I remember I used to call young children to pluck my friend’s eyelashes every morning, in an attempt to ease his pain. To think that he did not have to go through this as Trachoma is preventable makes me very sad,” Charles, a CHW in Samburu County.
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“Leap is amazing!” Dutch Vice Minister for Health, Sports and Culture on visiting Leap Kibera site in Nairobi, County. Read more about the visit at this link.
…and the Leap Week was a success!
A Leap team member interacting with representatives of DSW-Kenya (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung)
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