‘Storm’-ing against jiggers
PRINCETON — One hundred and 50 people from the village of Buynaji in Kenya are walking easier, thanks to the efforts of a Peace Corps volunteer from Princeton.
Joy Storm, a 2002 Princeton High School graduate, has lived and worked in the African country of Kenya since June 2011 as a member of the Peace Corps. As part of the Master’s International program through the Peace Corps, Storm did a needs assessment study in Buynaji, which led to Storm’s project to treat the problem of jiggers in the village.
In explaining her research and treatment program, Storm said a jigger is a small flea that penetrates the feet but can affect any part of the body. If left untreated, the penetration can cause swelling, infection, loss of toenails and even amputation. Also it is very painful and leads to school and work absenteeism, Storm said.
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