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How community-based research into podoconiosis has fuelled policy change in Ethiopia.

How community-based research into podoconiosis has fuelled policy change in Ethiopia.

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Title: How community-based research into podoconiosis has fuelled policy change in Ethiopia.
Author: Davey, Gail
Abstract: Over the past ten years, a multidisciplinary program of research into podoconiosis (nonfilarial endemic elephantiasis) has gathered pace in Ethiopia. The program has covered distribution, aetiology (genetic, mineralogical and biochemical), consequences (economic, social and ethical), management of disease (diagnosis, clinical staging, treatment and health systems). To date, over 35 research articles and 10 reviews and book chapters have arisen from this program, and seven Master theses and four PhD theses have been completed. In this talk, Prof. Davey will explain how conducting high quality community-based research has had the additional benefit of raising the local and international profile of podoconiosis. The results of advocacy through research have been considerable: inclusion of podoconiosis in the WHO list of Neglected Tropical Diseases, selection of podoconiosis as one of 8 Neglected Tropical Diseases prioritised by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health; and the foundation of the Ethiopian National Podoconiosis Action Network (NaPAN) and a global initative (Footwork, the International Podoconiosis Initiative - www.podo.org).
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/9966
Date: 2015-02


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