Podoconiosis Project Implementing Partners

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities (www.iocc.org): an international NGO with extensive reach within Ethiopia, and experience of large-scale programs, for example an HIV/AIDS awareness and education program that reached 11.5m people through the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. They openly and willingly serve as a "Center of Excellence" that actively helps other organisations to gain insight, practical knowledge and lessons learned from their own experience with patient-led treatment programs in the field.

  • Mossy Foot International (www.mossyfoot.org): an international NGO that has pioneered a patient-centered model of prevention and treatment of podoconiosis in southern Ethiopia since 1998.

  • Action on Podoconiosis Association (www.actiononpodo.com):  is an Ethiopian resident charity and a newly established NGO founded to extend care for podoconiosis further into southern Ethiopia in Wolaita Soddo, Gamo Gofa and Dawro Zones.
  • Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Developmental Commission (ECS, www.ecs.org.et) : The Ethiopian Catholic Church Secretariat (ECS) is the executive organ of the Catholic Ethiopian Bishops’ Conference (CEBC) coordinating the Pastoral Activities Commission (PAC) and the Social and Development Commission activities in Ethiopia. The ECS is the longest standing organisation to provide care for podoconiosis patients in western Ethiopia in different zones of Wollega.
  •  Community Sustainable Development Aid (COSTIDA): it was established in 2011 and registered by Ethiopian charities and societies agency as Ethiopia resident charity. It is based in Wollaita zone of SNNNP regional state. It works on environmental rehabilitation, Food in security and Women empowerment. Currently COSTIDA has received a sub-grant from NaPAN to implement Preventing Podo Project in four woredas of Wollaita zone namely Sodozuria, Damot Sore, Dugna Fango and Damot Woyede.

  • Felege Tena Podoconiosis Charity Organization (FTPCO): It is an Ethiopian Resident Charity established in 2016. It works in podo prevention and treatment. It is based in Eastern Gojam (Debre Markos Town) of Amhara regional state. It currently received TOMS shoe from NaPAN and is distributing these shoes to primary school students as a primary podo prevention activity.

  • Action for Social Development and Environment Protection Organization (ASDEPO) (http://www.asdepo.org/): is an Ethiopian resident charity, non-governmental and non-profit making humanitarian organization established in 2014. ASDEPO is currently implementing different development and community based projects under its seven thematic areas. Health/HIV AIDS, Education, economic empowerment and livelihoods, Community and Family Support, Child protection, WASH and environmental protection.

  • Environmental and Public Health Development Organization (EPHDO):It is an Ethiopian resident charity established in 2015. It works in environmental and public health interventions.

  • Fana Integrated Community Development Organization (FICDO):It is an Ethiopian resident charity established in 2016. It works in sustainable development and health endeavors. 

Other Partners

Footwork: International Podoconiosis Initiative (www.podo.org):  is the global initiative created to focus on  podoconiosis advocacy efforts and research. Its main goals are advocacy/awareness creation, research, and intervention. International Podoconiosis Initiative is closely working with NaPAN and its executive director (Prof.Gail Davey) is an advisor to NaPAN.

TOMS shoe (www.toms.com):TOMS Shoes, a US based company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need. Currently, TOMS is providing financial support and in-kind shoes support to podoconiosis project implementing partners in Ethiopia through NaPAN. The shoes are given to children as part of podoconiosis prevention package. TOMS shoes  has also supported the establishment of NaPAN and is the first donor to provide financial support to NaPAN.

The development of this website was also funded by TOMS.

Ministry of Health at different levels (www.moh.gov.et): is mandated to prepare health policies and guidelines, including the preparation and endorsement of integrated podoconiosis and lymphatic filariasis morbidity management guideline. It is also a co-signatory for health projects. The regional, zonal and district health offices are also key players in supervising and providing technical support during project implementation.

Ministry of Education at different levels (www.moe.gov.et): The implementation of primary podoconiosis prevention in schools including shoe distribution for children and the integration of podoconiosis in higher education curricula (for medical and other health professionals training) is undertaken through ministry of education, with the support of ministry of health.



Our Vision: To see Ethiopia free of podoconiosis

Our Mission: To coordinate and standardize efforts for the elimination of podoconiosis, to build the capacity of members and other stakeholders, and to support research for evidence based interventions.