Who would have thought that?

Who would have thought that?

If the staff of the Podoarbeit in Ethiopia meeting former participants of the Podo self-help groups, often hear, that's now better off these. Some are even after years yet thorough enthusiastically about their 'cure'. Of course like to hear that the employees, but the also covers the reality? And how much of the praise is due to the 'African courtesy', a culture, in a critical word first bans.

cut pieces of SOAP

The project co-ordinator Bogalech Terfasa in Tschallia wanted to know more. She sent employees with a questionnaire of from House to House and avht communities. People with Podo were interviewed and then was watching them on the feet: Wear shoes and socks? Are the feet clean? Have SOAP for feet in the House? Can I see that? And where is the plastic bowl, that once you have purchased?

594 People with Podo found. And who was not at home, It went well which probably. 44% the questioning took part in a self-help group, most of the time, it was already 5 Years back. It was a surprising and sad finding, because the majority of those afflicted has by no means been achieved through self help groups.

It is interesting that, who have participated in a self group, with which, who did not participate, to compare. Here, a big difference showed in the assessment of the feet. Former participants said majority (76%), her feet now would be better than before 5 Years, versus 22% the comparison group. The most common reason, why many not an Podo - self-help group participated, was: We have not heard of it.

Other differences were found in the shoe wear behavior and the use of SOAP to foot hygiene. The SOAP makes the difference, whether it better is someone with Podo or not. Wash your feet with SOAP, This will be an important slogan. Who would have thought that, but it is not logical?

Christel Ahrens.