I distribute every day for two weeks, to 20 households in my village. If people are not in, I go to other households, then I keep going back until I find them.
In rural Africa, Western medicine is viewed with suspicion. Evodia Njah, a volunteer from Cameroon, is aware of this reality.
Still, she has made treating elephantiasis and river blindness her mission. The common diseases, which are caused by parasitic worms, have crippling effects.
Evodia works with Sightsavers, an international charity that aims to prevent avoidable blindness, in the village of Kesu. She gains the trust of people by going door-to-door twice a day, before treating them.
She hands out posters and talks about her efforts at the local market, and in church. She also conducts a yearly census to identify those at risk.
“In training I learned how to give the right dosage of drugs and how to fill in the register,” Evodia says.
“I distribute every day for two weeks, to 20 households in my village. If people are not in, I go to other households, then I keep going back until I find them,” she adds.
Evodia, who was widowed, leads a busy life. She looks after five children. The mighty mum also heads a local young women’s group.
It helps that there are nine other volunteers, who are known as community directed distributors, in her village.
“We hold planned meetings twice a week during distributions to share experiences and help each other,” Evodia shares.
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