DAVID (7) A "TOUGH BOY" with JIGGERS (2 of 2)

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A MAN DOES CRY! I thought David would have pain because of the small type of jiggers that are painful to even touch. But each time I asked him if he was having pain, he said 'NO". Yet, I could see the pain in his handsome face, only that he wasn't crying. What I came to discover is that David did not want to admit to pain. He was trying to be 'a man'. I am interested in finding out more about his home. He must have a tough daddy who tells his children to be 'tough'. Or he has a 'tough' mother who has told him he should never show emotions because that's a sign of weakness. Our culture is against men crying. It is taboo and 'childish' for a man to cry, no matter how painful the situation is. Men are encouraged to be tough and not show emotion. They are circumcised without anesthesia, and they must stand still and show no emotion. I passed through this HORRIBLE thing myself, but I break the norm so often and CRY. We've been working on some things we desire to see change in, and emotion is one topic in our syllabus. IT IS OK FOR A MAN TO CRY!

THE PURPOSE OF THIS DOCUMENTARY: These videos are for educational purposes and this does not entail just getting the education while watching, but it is also very important for future endeavors in research. We believe every video is a building block for the future research efforts because every individual video presents unique features which might interest an individual researcher in the future. In this regard we shall put out as many videos and we can, and this is a very important way to share to the world more about the jigger and what it is doing unnoticed in Africa.

We also hope to encourage financial partnership with our viewers that will enable us to purchase supplies needed to eradicate the Jigger menace in Kenya. We have no corporate or government funding for supplies and expenses and are, instead, supported by kind-hearted donors. For more information, or to donate, visit our website at: http://www.killthejigger.org or to e-mail me personally, use: Jim@killthejigger.org Thank you for helping!

DISCLAIMER: This video contains content that some may find graphic and shocking. It may not be appropriate for young or sensitive viewers. If you are uncomfortable, please do not watch.

REGISTERED CHARITY: Rise Up Society, Kenya, is a Christian non-profit society registered with the Government of Kenya. We are showing God's love in action. Our goal is to help alleviate this jigger infestation suffered by an estimated 1.5 - 2.4 million of the 40 million Kenyans are Jigger Victims. This is a serious situation affecting over 5% of the population.

MEDICAL CONDITION: The condition depicted is known as "Tungiasis". It is an infestation of the skin by a burrowing flea called Tunga penetrans (aka: Chigoe Flea). A victim is commonly referred to as having "Jiggers." These fleas tend to infest those who have inadequate living conditions and sanitation. The flea lives both outside around warm-blooded mammals and inside poorly constructed homes. It inhabits dust on floors, cracks in walls and bedding. Shoes protect to some degree but are often not affordable or adequate. More needs to be done to ensure a jigger-free environment, including extermination and sanitation measures, improvements in home construction and making clean bedding more commonplace. Jiggers are vicious and real!

The parasites burrow into the skin and then swell up with eggs; the larvae hatch and the cycle continues. Jiggers cause untold suffering in the afflicted, interfering with sleep, and causing itching, pain and the inability to walk. The parasite can afflict all parts of the body. Victims are often socially stigmatized, left isolated and without family or communal support.

METHODOLOGY: Rise Up Society uses the method of physical extraction under the direction of highly qualified, local physicians with hands-on knowledge in this field. We have refined our method over a 3-year period in which approximately 150,000 victims of Jigger infestation have been helped. We have incorporated new and improved equipment, medicines and practices over the course of time as information became available and funding allowed. While physical extraction is not new, it is efficient and our preferred method until research reveals better treatments. Treatment options for Jiggers vary, and our method may not reflect the practices of other groups in other parts of Kenya or in the surrounding countries that are also inflicted with the jigger menace.

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