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First International Podoconiosis conference announced

The first international conference will take place in Addis Ababa on Sunday 23rd of September 2018. Programme and submission invitation to follow shortly.

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Risk of podo in Cameroon has been mapped

10,178 individuals from 4,603 households participated. 83 people with lymphedema were identified and 52 diagnosed with podoconiosis.

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Rwanda Mapping underway November 2017

Historically podoconiosis has been reported in Rwanda, nonetheless the current distribution of the disease and its burden is not clearly known. As part of the Global Atlas of Podoconiosis work, Dr Kebede Deribe and Prof Gail Davey joined collaborators from the Rwanda Biomedical Centre to train five teams of four data collectors in Musanze, northern Rwanda. Heart and Sole Africa (a local NGO offering care to podo patients) also provided expertise.

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Multimillion-pound grant boosts research for podo and other NTDs

The National Institute for Health Research has awarded the Global Health research team at BSMS a £5.7 million four-year award to establish a neglected tropical diseases global research unit at BSMS.

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Award for Footwork’s podoconiosis video

Footwork is the co-winner of the 2017 Consortium of Universities of Global Health (CUGH) Pulitzer Global Health video competition for the video ‘Best Foot Forward’, developed in partnership with Ripple Effect Images. The video depicts the source, treatment and prevention of podo.

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Prize for Podo Paper

Johnny Moon, a fourth-year master's degree student at the University of Nottingham, was awarded the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group Annual Dissertation Prize 2016.

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Tackling Podoconiosis in Central America

Action-research network under development to explore the extent to which podoconiosis is a neglected public health problem in Central America. BSMS, Footwork and the Guatemalan Centro de Estudios en Salud will collaborate on the project.

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Two Recent Awards

Dr. Kebede Deribe was awarded the "Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Emerging Leaders" award and Prof. Gail Davey, Footwork’s founder, received the 2016 University of Sussex Impact Award (Public Engagement).

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New Podo Video

Thanks to Ripple Effect Images who produced & funded this animated awareness-raising video for Footwork about podo entitled BEST FOOT FORWARD.

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Workshop on the Prevention and Treatment of Podoconiosis in Western Uganda

In response to reports documenting non-filarial elephantiasis (podoconiosis) in western and eastern Uganda, a workshop supported by the Ugandan Ministry of Health, International Orthodox Christian Charities and Footwork: The International Podoconiosis Initiative, was held in October 2015.

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