In the last ten years, there has been significant progress towards the prevention, control
and elimination of podoconiosis as a health problem. There are however gaps in our
understanding of the epidemiology and geography of podoconiosis that hinder the
planning and scale-up of intervention activities. Therefore, this PhD project aimed to define
the current geographical distribution and disease burden of podoconiosis in Ethiopia and
investigate underlying risk factors.
This thesis adopted two main approaches to understanding distribution: first, historical
data were compiled and analysed; second, a nationwide mapping survey was conducted.
These data were contextualised through a systematic review of the literature on neglected
tropical diseases (NTDs) in Ethiopia. The data were also used to develop elimination
targets and endemicity classifications in a Delphi exercise involving a range of international
|Date of Award||Jan 2016|