Porcine Cysticercosis, Zambia: Turning academic knowledge into empowering tools for locals

By InnoAid active member Sif Cederberg

The academic and research interests of Sif Cederberg’s master thesis on Cysticercosis, at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Denmark, led to an Education & Information project for local Zambians working in the Kafue National Park.

Cysticersosis is an infectious disease caused by the swine parasite T. solium, which can be transmitted between pigs and humans. Today it is endemic in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Human cysticercosis can be expressed by serious effects such as epileptic seizures and visual loss. Approximately 50,000 humans die of cysticercosis-related complications each year and no less than 20 million people are affected worldwide. Following the research by Sif Cederberg in Zambia, she gave a number of presentations to the local workers at the the Kafue National Parkunderline about the importance of hand and food hygiene, which is an essential practice to avoid cysticercosis. Participants also received a small container with T. solium, which can help them to recognize the infected pork who then can take the needed measures to limit the possibility of the disease to spread.



Roma Impressions, Romania: Portraying Roma families in Transylvania, Romania

By InnoAid active members Jeanette Mortensen, Jo Turner, Marie Louise Larsen, Sally Stent, Sandra Villumsen and Sofie Holten

  • Photo shoot project, Romania: A team of 6 dedicated amateur photographers, all active members of InnoAid from Denmark and Australia, travelled 3 weeks in July to the Roma village Budila in Transylvania, Romania. During one week the team portrayed 360 Roma families in collaboration with the charity Hope for the Nations – Romania. Selected photos was printed and framed for a small photo exhibition in the community before each family was given their framed family portraits.
  • Pecha Kucha Night Presentation, Australia: Sally Stent, member of InnoAid, presented the experiences of the Photo Shoot Project and interaction with the Roma families at the Pecha Kucha Night in September in Brisbane.
  • aRoma Identity Print Exhibition, Copenhagen: A selection of 70 photos from the Photo Shoot Project was developed and exhibited at the non-profit Café Retro during March and April 2009.