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The feasibility of eliminating podoconiosis.

Deribe, Kebede, Wanji, Samuel, Shafi, Oumer, M Tukahebwa, Edrida, Umulisa, Irenee, Molyneux, David ORCID: and Davey, Gail (2015) 'The feasibility of eliminating podoconiosis.'. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol 93, Issue 10, pp. 712-718.

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Podoconiosis is an inflammatory disease caused by prolonged contact with irritant minerals in soil. Major symptoms include swelling of the lower limb (lymphoedema) and acute pain. The disease has major social and economic consequences through stigma and loss of productivity. In the last five years there has been good progress in podoconiosis research and control. Addressing poverty at household level and infrastructure development such as roads, water and urbanization can all help to reduce podoconiosis incidence. Specific control methods include the use of footwear, regular foot hygiene and floor coverings. Secondary and tertiary prevention are based on the management of the lymphoedema-related morbidity and include foot hygiene, foot care, wound care, compression, exercises, elevation of the legs and treatment of acute infections. Certain endemic countries are taking the initiative to include podoconiosis in their national plans for the control of neglected tropical diseases and to scale up interventions against the disease. Advocacy is needed for provision of shoes as a health intervention. We suggest case definitions and elimination targets as a starting point for elimination of the disease.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Podoconiosis; Non-filarial elephantiasis; Shoes; Footwear; Soil; Minerals
Subjects: WB Practice of Medicine > Medical Climatology > WB 710 Diseases of geographic areas
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
WH Hemic and Lymphatic Systems > Lymphatic System > WH 700 Lymphatic system. Lymphatic diseases (General)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
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Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 12:44


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