Review meeting in progress (Lt) and Group photo of participants (Rt)
The three years project [October 5, 2014 to October 5, 2017] Preventing Podo Project (PPP) which was funded by BIG Lottery through University of Sussex aim is to provide treatment and care for patients affected by podoconiosis and also prevent new podoconiosis cases through awareness raising in shoe wearing and basic hygiene .
To review the progress of the project, NaPAN carried out a two day project review meeting from May 30 to 31, 2017 at Addis Ababa. Thirteen participants from project implementing organizations attended the meeting.
The meeting reviewed not only the year three project period, but also the overall project performance since the start of the project against the project outcomes. With this regard, the project reached over 80, 000 community individuals directly through awareness raising activities and over one million communities indirectly through radio campaign, distributed over 600,000 pairs of TOMS shoes to primary school students, established over 100 STOP PODO School Clubs, treated over 60, 000 podoconiosis patients, established 12 patient-led groups, and trained over 300 clinical health workers in lymphedema morbidity management.
The meeting reached consensus that all existing efforts need to be used in its fullest capacity to meet the targets in the remaining four months.