Tackling Podoconiosis

Podoconiosis, podo for short, is a form of elephantiasis triggered by an abnormal reaction to irritant mineral particles found in volcanic soils. With your support, podo is completely preventable.

With Your Support We Can Eliminate Podo

Podoconiosis (podo for short) is a form of elephantiasis or swelling of the lower leg triggered by prolonged exposure to irritant minerals in red clay soils. Individuals who live and work barefoot in silica-rich soils are at a high risk. An estimated 4 million people in Africa are affected by this disease which is completely preventable and treatable. Individuals affected often face social stigma and isolation because of misconceptions about the disease.

By making a generous gift today, we can continue to provide treatment and education.

Read More About IOCC's Podo Work

Adamena was a fresh-faced bride of 17 when she first noticed the swelling in her feet and legs. The teen never suspected that walking barefoot on the irritating volcanic soil so prevalent in her Ethiopian village could be causing her condition ...

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"After obtaining the education on the treatment and prevention of Zehone from IOCC staff, I now wash my feet daily with water and soap."

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Meet Kinde, a day laborer who started showing symptoms of podoconiosis (podo) when he was 18 years old. While he had shoes from his time in the army ...

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Before now, Selenat (7), had never owned a pair of shoes. It wasn't until the director of her school informed her of a shoe distribution and hygiene education program that she would receive her first pair.

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As part of our comprehensive podoconiosis programming, IOCC recently wrapped up a distribution of 80,300 pairs of shoes to schoolchildren, combined with hygiene education and the formation of “Stop Podo” clubs in schools.

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Fighting Podoconiosis with Sasha Alexander

How Can You Help?

By making a generous donation today, your support allows IOCC to continue to provide new shoes and proper education on prevention and treatment. Prevention education is especially important because it enables individuals to become advocates of proper hygiene and the importance of wearing shoes. Lastly, your gifts allow IOCC to continue training health professionals on prevention and treatment.