1. International Podokoniose Conference in Addis Ababa
Most 23. September 2018 found in Ethiopia 1. International Podoconiosis Conference held. There were representatives * inside in many African countries, and some also from other continents. Also Wagari Beka and Christel Ahrens were invited by Podo e.V. On a poster, they were the work of Podo e.V. before: Based on data from the years 2010 and 2011 Evaluation results from the years 2016 and 2017.
Ethiopia has recent research according to 1.6 Millions of people with Podokoniose; significantly more than the previous estimate of 1 Millions affected. The disease has been in 32 Diagnosed with countries, the research on Podokoniose in other countries is still in its infancy.
A representative from Kenya suspected, that the prevalence of Podokoniose in his country was as high as Ethiopia. There were presentations from Uganda, Cameroon and Rwanda. A representative from India suggested, new thinking about lymphatic filariasis, especially in areas where no laboratory findings confirm the diagnosis of filariösen Lymphoedema.
In the last 10 Years were in Ethiopia 100.000 People treated with Podokoniose; first and foremost through non-governmental organizations. The Ethiopian Ministry of Health wants the treatment of Podokoniose by the year 2020 the health posts make accessible for all the people affected by the network, their employees * inside are already oriented on Podkoniose. A start has been made and much remains to be done.