The First International Podoconiosis Conference took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 23rd September 2018.The overall theme for the conference was ‘Research to Implementation: A Call for Global Action’.
The Brighton & Sussex Centre for Global Health Research and Footwork were delighted to unite with local NGOs, University partners and the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to host this conference.
As the country bearing the highest burden of podoconiosis globally as well as the one with the most advanced research and implementation, Ethiopia was the ideal setting for this conference.
We were delighted with the response from the podo community. We had 130 people at the conference from 10 countries, and around 260 at our joint reception with The Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) whose conference took place the following day.
The day offered a diverse mix of keynote speakers, plenary sessions, presentations and panel discussions. Presentation sessions explored areas of podoconiosis research from aetiology and distribution through disease consequences, prevention and treatment. Those implementing programmes had the opportunity to share experience and develop partnerships.
The conference closed with the launch of a Declaration to affirm global commitment to eliminating podoconiosis within our lifetimes.
See our conference schedule below and our full conference booklet here.