• The Mycetoma Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Centre (SAA'ID) establishment. It is a hub for vocational training, business development, and entertainment, located at the MRC. It aims to create an enabling environment for the mycetoma amputees and disabled persons to learn and develop income-generating skills, perform and upgrade their talents, and be prepared to lead a new life of being productive, self-reliant and confident. SAA'ID has various vocational training programmes such as Sudanese handcraft and leather industry, artisan-work, painting, graphics, woodwork, etc. Furthermore, it qualifies trainees on business development skills to become professional entrepreneurs and ready to establish small developing enterprises. Various vocational and entrepreneur trainings were conducted.

 

 

  • The Limb Prosthesis Campaign. The Mycetoma Research Centre, in collaboration with the Sennar State Ministry of Health and EL Zaka Fund, had organised a mission to offer prosthesis for the mycetoma amputees free of charge at their villages by mobilising a mobile workshop to Wad Onsa Mycetoma Satellite Centre. 160 prostheses were done at the village and given free of charge. That had saved the amputees and their families the trouble and cost of the travel, accommodation at Khartoum, the time and cost.

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  • Community Environmental Improvement Campaigns. The MRC, in collaboration with the Sennar State Government, official local authorities, community leaders and activists, and Red Crescent volunteers, organised several campaigns to improve Wad El Nimear village environment, sanitation, and hygiene to reduce the mycetoma transmission risk factors such as thorns, sharp objects, animals dungs. During these campaigns, the thorny trees and bushes, thorny animals’ enclosure, animals dungs, dirt and rubbish were removed and burnt.

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  • The Animals' Enclosure Project. Seventy-two modern animal enclosures were constructed outside Wad EL Nimear village. This was done to improve the village hygiene, reduce contact with the animals and their excreta, and eradicate the thorny cages. This project was conducted by a kind donation from an engineering company as part of its social reasonability activity. These new animals’ cages were distributed free of charge to the villagers.

 

  • Shoe Distribution at The Endemic Regions. The MRC distributed around 800 news shoes to the school pupils at mycetoma endemic villages in Sennar State to improve personal hygiene and to reduce the risk of developing mycetoma.

 

  • Early Case Detection, Management, Awareness and Advocacy Campaigns The MRC teams conducted house to house surveys in all eastern Sennar locality for early cases detection. Suspected cases were referred to Wad Onsa Mycetoma satellite centre for management. 73 Village were surveyed, 12181 households were screened, and 973 suspected cases detected and managed. Different health education events were conducted during these campaigns, and that included: house-house interviews, open theatre, presentations, meetings and focal group discussions. That resulted in more mycetoma awareness, and advocacy, early case detection, more patients with small early lesion were managed, improved local villages hygiene and environment.