Photo diary: Visit a Podo station
Marei Petersen was in December 2012 to visit at a launch event on Podokoniose in a village, It belongs to the Podo Centre Tschallia. For us, it has created a photo diary:
The Podokoniose Centre in Tschallia is responsible for:
1) The management and documentation of the person concerned. Is the number of people treated in the years of 2009 until 2012 rapidly increased.
2) The storage of shoes and other materials
3) The production of SOAP
4) The independent production of footwear in oversize
5) and the support of several Podo - self-help groups.
I have witnessed the outward journey one of these villages: It went through rivers...
...oder at risk of collapse bridges.
A teacher was also, We put the back on the way to the village school. Part of the project is, that the teacher goes into schools and taught there about the topic Podokoniose. So above all the other teachers should be made aware of, and to combat the stigmatization of sufferers.
The patient had been informed previously about our visit and appeared numerous: By 70 Are logged on 64 come. Meeting place was the village church, where the persons concerned were first welcomed and then asked, What was the reason for the swollen feet and legs from their point of view. Many had a hypothesis about the cause: Poisoned water, to top stones, a punishment or a curse.
Then they were informed about the causes of their disease: The people listened to banned, When sister Bogalech told them, that it is silicates in the volcanic soil, clog the lymph vessels. Sister Bogalech explained the simple therapy, for which you only have a wash Bowl, SOAP, Neem Oil, Socks and a pair of shoes required.
Two men and a woman were chosen by the person concerned, that should form a Committee. The Committee is supposed to represent the project site, feel responsible for the implementation and serve as contact person.
The people came forward in small groups. Their data have been recorded and examined the feet.
Sometimes even children from the disease are affected. Most of them are girls, because they must often barefoot, or get just the shoes of poor quality.
These are the legs of a young woman, who was elected to the Committee:
The next image shows the feet of an older man. The skin seems hardened and toe nails are no longer visible.
After a long illness, MOSS-like can, form hard nodules on the feet and lower legs, Therefore, Podokoniose is called also "mossy food disease".
Everything was documented exactly: The name, the gender, the age, the affected page, and whether "Moss" already exists. It was also quoted, whether the patient for plastic bowl, SOAP, Neem Oil and socks has paid, to ensure a correct and transparent billing.
The patient bought for 28 Birr (converted 1,15 Euro) a basin,
SOAP, Neem Oil and a pair of socks
and sit outside in front of the Church, to wash their feet.
A particularly bad young woman:
After the first washing was replaced the dirty water with fresh water and added salt.
In salt water, the feet should 10 Soak for minutes,
to then air dried to be.
Finally were rubbed their feet with Neem Oil
and the new socks.
As soon as the first had finished, their places were taken by other affected.
More and more patients were added.
A girl, that already suffered from an ulcer on the left lower leg.
This ulceration caused her extreme pain.
The people are socially excluded because of disfiguring appearance and of very repulsive smell.
People who were particularly affected have received painkillers.
As a thank you there from the village "Wot", the national food of Ethiopia, for all employees.
Happy about the successful information event in this village we came back.
My mind was set: This project is very worthy!