In 2008, Christina Haverkamp joined a medical expedition. The expedition’s goal was to provide the very remote Yanomami villages in the Orinoco region with treatment against onkozerkose and malaria .
These villages are visited by a doctor only once a year. Only 20% of the Yanomami in Venezuela have access to medical care.
Onkozerkose is the medical term for river blindness. River blindness is a chronical disease, transmitted by nematodes (filarial). It results in blindness if left untreated. The nematodes are spread by mosquito bites.