Project information

The Jigger Free Community Programme

This programme is to fight the chigoe flea, a serious but neglected medical problem which has been described as a hidden African killer, especially for young children and elderly people. This programme brings prevention and treatment to rural communities in Uganda.

12 months

Charity information: WHISPER

  • Need


    Jiggers are fleas, but they are no ordinary fleas. They don't just bite you and leave; they burrow into the skin and live there, swelling to the size of a pea as their bodies fill with eggs. They often attack the feet, making walking painful or impossible. Wounds caused by jiggers can become infected, sometimes with serious diseases such as tetanus, so in some cases jiggers can kill. Poor hygiene has lead to a jigger epidemic in rural Uganda.


    With your help, our team will provide community training on how to rid households of jiggers, provide treatment for affected household members and will educate them in hygiene standards.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Jigger flea prevention


    » Organising trainings in the local communities covering prevention, treatment and hygiene standards
    » Regular visits to affected families to talk about their problems and challenges

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by programme documentation and supported by the large number of communities involved in this programme.

    Aim 2

    Jigger flea treatment


    » Regular outreach work to the affected communities
    » Providing first aid, necessary care and treatment to the affected individuals

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by documenting the treatment and its statistics

    Aim 3

    Hygiene improvements


    » Community works with the affected families on improvements to their sleeping and living conditions.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by documentation of the treatment, surveys and statistics

  • Impact


    The project will wipe out the jigger problems from the communities in which we will be operating. It will massively reduce the number of wound infections that may lead to deadly diseases such as tetanus. It will also motivate and educate the communities in better hygiene which will have other medical benefits, for example reducing diarrhoea.


    The main constraint is finding qualified, motivated and experienced employees. We need to raise the funds to fund highly motivated, first aid trained and experienced outreach and social workers who can carry out the work safely. We already have several years experience of this work so we are confident that we can address this issue.


    Donors will be informed via newsletters and project studies that will include video and photographic documentation. If any of you have a specific aspect of the project which you would like to support and follow, please do let us know, we would love to hear from you.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,975

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 First Aid equipment To treat wounds
      £5,000 All-Terrain Vehicle To reach rural areas on the bad roads safely
      £875 Motorbike To perform the work quickly and cost effectively
      £2,400 First Aid workers To perform training and other activities
      £700 Training equipment Such as a projector and other educational material
      £2,000 Fuel To operate the vehicles
      £2,000 Hygiene improvements Beds, mattresses, floor cementing, etc
  • Background


    The project is located in Busoga Region, Jinja, Mayuge, Buyende & Kamuli district, Uganda, Africa. These are rural areas with poor roads. You will see that a large part of the project budget is for transport; because we've already cleared up the problem in our immediate area, we have to travel further and further to reach affected areas. Currently we rely on the charity's aging minibus for transport and it's not suitable for off-road driving.


    Beneficiaries will be young vulnerable children, youth and elderly people from the local communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our organisation has been successfully carrying out this work since January 2011 in Jinja district, clearing jiggers from Mutai village and in the villages nearby. We would now like to build on that success over a larger area. Whisper's jigger programme was reported in a documentary about the charity shown on Ugandan commercial TV (WBS) in October 2013 and was the subject of an article in one of Uganda's leading newspapers New Vision in April 2013.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Harri Sam Ntambula

    Outreach worker

    Hashim Suleiman Kazibwe

    Project Manager

    Sherrie Ndagire

    Social worker

A foot infested with jiggers

A foot infested with jiggers

"Whisper resuscitates hope for children in jigger infested communities"

Title of an article on Whisper's work in New Vision, one of the two national newspapers in Uganda