The 5S project at the Faculty of Geographical and Environmental Sciences (FGES), conducted a field visit to Andalus Village within the context of a public awareness campaign on the 16th and 17th of March 2023.
The chosen Village has a total population of 5878 and a total number of households of 1069. Andalus Village (formerly known as Iwaiwa) is regarded as one of the most populated settlements of ElTadamon AU.
The Village has two primary schools, one for girls and one for boys. It has a mixed secondary school. Two health centres, two mosques, and a social centre.
The village is connected with the National Grid of Electricity Corporation. On the other hand, the Village suffers from lack of potable water supply sources as the main water source of the Village is the Irrigation canal.
Dissemination of Mycetoma Disease fact sheet
The Mycetoma Disease Fact Sheet has been prepared in both English and Arabic. The Arabic language version is meant to be distributed to the involved people at Andalus Village.
The leaflet covers information such as the cause, symptoms and treatment of the disease. And encourages prevention by suggesting some behavioural changes.
Meetings with stakeholders
The first meeting was conducted with the mixed Secondary school. The teachers and students were briefed on the objectives of the visit and how the 5S project hopes to count on them to share what they have learned from the visit, and the mycetoma fact sheet, with relatives, communities and others.
Another meeting was conducted with health workers including medical staff, nurses, and workers. The mycetoma data sheet was distributed, with an emphasis on how the various guidelines could be executed.
Mosque Imams were identified as another important stakeholder group to engage. To make the most of Friday prayers, we approached the Imam of the primary mosque of the village and provided him with the necessary information on mycetoma and how to fight it. The Imam considered the main issues relating to mycetoma and how to use Friday prayer speeches as a way to disseminate information.
A major, and tangible outcome of our visit to Andalus Village was our release and announcement that a Mycetoma Day will take place at the village to embody all the neighbouring villages. The Day will be comprehensive, tackling all aspects related to Mycetoma. Clinical, or social, and other related activities will be considered.