Jean-Baptiste lives in Ambatobe, a remote rural village in Madagascar, with his mother and five siblings. The 14-year-old boy loves to play soccer and dreams of being a teacher someday. Yet he is currently unable to attend school. He suffers from abdominal pain, has bloody urine, has lost considerable weight, and is always tired. These are all symptoms of his disease, schistosomiasis.
The village Jean-Baptiste lives in has no access to clean drinking water. The only source of water is a small lake located a few kilometers away where the children bathe and play every afternoon. The region is hot and dusty which makes the water of the lake a welcome change. But it is infested with the schistosome larvae, the cause of schistosomiasis.
When a team from the Madagascar Ministry of Public Health and Education paid a visit to the village they found hundreds of schistosome eggs in Jean-Baptiste's bloody urine. Tests showed the same for many other children as well. To restore their strength and allow them to return to school, the children are treated free of charge, bringing them one step closer to realizing their dreams.