history

The history of podoconiosis is better described in Ethiopia than anywhere else in the world. In the 1950s, Dr. A.P. Oomen identified elephantiasis in the absence of filarial or onchocercerial infection, but it was not until Dr. Ernest Price's elegant investigations through the 1970s and 1980s that the epidemiology, ecology, pathology and natural history of the disease were clarified and the condition became named 'podoconiosis', from the Greek words for 'foot' and 'dust'.

Ethiopia is thought to be the location of the first dedicated projects to treat podoconiosis. Sisters of the Nekemte and Wollega Dioceses of the Catholic Church began treating patients attending clinics in Konchi and Nekemte (Western Ethiopia) in the 1970s, while Dr. Nathan Barlow and colleagues at Soddo Otona Hospital founded the Mossy Foot Project in 1998.

organisations

The key organisations providing podoconiosis care and prevention are (alphabetical order):

zones and districts with podoconiosis control

Projects dedicated to preventing and treating podoconiosis now exist in the following Regions and Zones (alphabetical order):

Region

Zone

Districts/Woredas

Amhara

East Gojjam

Debre Markos, Machakel, Dembecha, Debre Eliyas, Guay

Oromia

Quelem Wollega

Alem Tefferi

West Wollega

Gulliso, Nedjo, Beghi, Aira, Nole Kaba, Kandalle, Ganchi

East Wollega

Nekemte, Guto Gida

Illubabor

Darimu, Metu, Bedele

SNNPR

Wolaita

All districts

Sidama

Darra

Dawro

Loma, Malaka

Gamo Gofa

Kucha

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