Mount Elgon covers an area of about 7,500 km2, with its inhabitants up to 1 million. Nevertheless, medical care is not developed at all. There is not a single hospital or first-aid station. Here a simple Band-Aid or a bottle of iodine is a luxury. The consequence is high mortality and disability due to sand fleas and malaria (despite the fact that the cure for it costs from $ 5 to $12).
This year, we have been able to aid more than 2,000 people with on-site clinics. Most of them are children and elderly people. Together with medical care, we distributed over 2000 pairs of shoe, had visited 6 villages of Mount Elgon and provided medical assistance to everyone who came to recover from the sand flea. We also taught local church volunteers how to fight the insect and provided them with necessary materials and medicine.
Of course, the list of necessary for such projects is not small. We need medications, good doctors, translators, volunteers, an army tent for protection of doctors from the wind, scorching sun and sand. To reach distant points of Elgon, where there are practically no roads, we need a strong 4×4 car. So far, with the vehicle that we have, we can safely advance on Elgon only a maximum of 10 km, when the depth of the mountain range is 50 km. A good car is more than half the success of such medical trips.