Final report on the first Podo treatment- and prevention project "Tschallia"

The external supervision of the Podo Centre Tschallias was completed this summer. Tschallia was the pilot project of Podo work in Western of Ethiopia. We have summarized the final report of the project for you and today there is here 1. To read part. (Part 2 and 3 follow in the next few weeks)

Part 1: The self-help groups


"There are many touching stories of people, suffering from Podokoniose. Now they get to know a new life. It has become possible through their own effort, they can say today: I'm cured."


As the Podo Centre Tschallia in July 2010 has been launched, had not yet been clarified and matured many approaches to the treatment and prevention of Podokoniose. The primary target was the most effective treatment so to find out, that is as cheap and can reach as many people. The strategy for the treatment and prevention could be optimized over the years and includes the following points:

1) Podo - self-help groups

2) Evaluation of the sustainable- and suitability for everyday use

3) Prevention in the form of education

1) Podo - self-help groups


The first Podo treatment- and prevention project ran over a period of over three years (July 2010 until June 2013). Within the project were almost 3.000 People treated with Podokoniose in various self-help groups, their starting points health centers or churches were, by EECMY ¹ / DASSC square run (¹ = Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, ² = development and social services Commision). The five districts, where z.T. multiple stand-alone self help groups have been established, are Gulisso, AIRA, Ganchi, Darium and Teferi.

Gulisso was with 21 Self-help groups, in a total of 1.634 People accompanied, the most active district. That can be explained by the proximity to the Podo Centre in Tschallia, Thus logistics, Staff and costs were very much more accessible. Of all Selbsthilfegruppenteilnehmer_innen of the first Podo project were 70% Women.

In each Podo self-help group was elected a volunteer Member, a sog. Health extension worker, who is affected by the disease and the self-help group and originates from the respective village and (More or less) acquainted with all group members. These employees were IMG_1420Contact, helped the assemblies of self-help groups, made home visits etc. In the service of the health of their community, they worked free of charge, only sometimes got donations from their group.

At regular intervals, the self-help groups were attended by trained Podo-Koordinator_innen, during the first meeting about the disease, the cause of, Prevention and treatment of informed and finally began with the intervention: They brought shoes and SOAP, showed the members the necessary foot hygiene and systematically document the history whose disease. These visits could take place from time to time in ever-increasing intervals, until the Anna Koordinator_innen in the 3. Year of the project finally moved back, to make no dependency ratio. It went so well most group members at this time, that they could cope alone. Continue to severely affected should then be accompanied by Diakon_innen of EECMY/DASSC.

BDS-Podozentrum in TschallIA


In Tschallia, one to the BDS ³ associated village, built the Podo Centre (³ Birbir Dilla = Synod). There was the nurse of SR. Employs Bogalech Terfasa as project coordinator, that on the one hand with much experience in community-based health care and on the other hand with much heart for that of Podo stakeholders engaged. SR. Bogalech took over the supervision of most self-help groups of Tschallia out.

In the Podo Centre Tschallia different treatment methods have been studied and tested:

– Socks were introduced as additional barrier against penetrating dust. They are used as a substitute for bandages to the lymphatic drainage, you were as lavishly and stigmatising.

– Locally produced, vegetable oil has been established for skin care.

– The homemade disinfectant SOAP was produced here, What logistics, Transportation and costs saved as well as the local workforce could promote.