Millions of Kenyans at risk of elephantiasis disease

Campaign launched to treat patients with disease that affects poor communities where sanitation levels are low.

by

    Transmitted through mosquitoes, more than three million people in Kenya are at risk of a disease that some believe is the result of witchcraft.

    Elephantiasis affects mostly poor communities where sanitation levels are low and mosquito breeding is rampant.

    After an initial inadequate response, the government has now launched a huge campaign to tackle neglected tropical diseases in coastal areas.

    "I used to be a fisherman but I can no longer do that. To earn a living I have to do menial labour and it's very difficult," Katoi Kaviha told Al Jazeera in Marikibuni village.

    The disease has enlarged Kaviha's feet to such an extent that he is now unable to walk.

    Sultani Matendechero, a doctor with the Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit, said: "Some of them associate their condition with witchcraft, they associate their conditions with lifestyle. Mostly, these are the wrong associations."

    He added that many victims were also unaware that there are remedies for the disease.

    Medicine is being properly distributed for the first time this year under a multimillion-dollar campaign.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Curate an art exhibition and survive Thailand's censorship crackdown in this interactive game.