Podo: An Untold Story Honorable Mention

We’re pleased to share our first honorable mention of the 2017 Untold Global Health stories contest, which we co-sponsored with NPR’s Goats and Soda blog and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
Wendy Santis, executive director of Footwork: The International Podoconiosis Initiative, submitted the idea. “Podoconiosis (podo for short) is a devastating type of elephantiasis spread by long-term exposure to minerals found in highland volcanic soil in the tropics,” she wrote in her entry. It causes progressive swelling of the lower legs and makes it difficult or impossible to walk, severe physical pain, and is a driver of poverty and social isolation. Yet it is entirely preventable—by avoiding prolonged barefoot contact with irritant soil—and treatable, through good foot hygiene and wearing shoes.
See their video, Best Foot Forward, above, The video was created with Ripple Effect Images and featured by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health meeting last weekend. Visit www.podo.org for more information.

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