Ethiopia bears the highest burden globally of podoconiosis — a non-infectious, neglected tropical disease (NTD). It has traditionally been one of the least financed tropical diseases and cases are often under-reported due to the absence of diagnostic point-of-care tests and inadequate knowledge among healthcare staff. However, the World Health Organization’s
2021–2030 NTD roadmap calls for greater integration and mainstreaming of NTD approaches into national health systems. Additionally, Ethiopia’s 2021–2025 NTD Master Plan listed podoconiosis as one of eight priority NTDs for integration into its primary healthcare (PHC) system. This study aimed to develop and test a multi-component intervention to strengthen and integrate podoconiosis detection, management, recording and reporting into PHC in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) in Ethiopia.
This poster was presented at the 70th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Country: EthiopiaKeywords: Capacity development | Health system strengthening | NTDs | Diagnosis | Treatment | SDG3
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