Are Shoes ‘The Next Bed-Nets’?: Announcing Footwork, the International Podoconiosis Initiative

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BRIGHTON, England, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Footwork, the newly-formed International Podoconiosis Initiative, brings together private and public partners to advance advocacy for and prevention and treatment of podoconiosis, popularly known as ‘podo’, one of the few readily-preventable and treatable Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Footwork envisions a world free of podoconiosis in our lifetime.

Podoconiosis is a non-infectious elephantiasis found in highland tropical areas where shoes are frequently not worn and barefoot farmers cultivate in volcanic clay soil, allowing irritant mineral particles to cause damage to the lymphatic system in the legs.  Causing the disfigurement, debilitation and ostracism of an estimated 4 million people or more globally, the disease hinders livelihoods, quality of life and development in at least 10 tropical countries.

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