Jiggers, not to be confused with Chiggers, are a sand flea found in Sub-Saharan climates. Jiggers cause swelling, ulcerations, itching, infections, and the pain leaves many people with walking problems. Jiggers leave most victims with these problems because of their ability to burrow into the skin. Female Jiggers burrow into the skin, usually hands and feet, and lay egg sacks which can grow up to the size of a pea. Once in the body the fleas continue to multiply laying more eggs. While Jiggers in small numbers are not deadly, the secondary infections such as gangrene, tetanus, and other diseases caused by Jiggers can be fatal.
Missions for Orphans visits rural villages, local primary schools, and village homes to provide treatment for Jigger infestation of the home and skin.