Podoconiosis is a non-infectious tropical disease characterized by steadily progressive foot and leg swelling (lymphoedema). It is commonly confused with lymphatic filariasis.
Skin diseases in general are very common, accounting for between 10 and 30% of all health worker-patient encounters. Therefore, while the skin may provide an entry point for the recognition of skin Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), it is also the diagnostic point of focus for other common conditions representing both a huge disease burden in impoverished populations and important differential diagnoses.
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Overview: Podoconiosis is an important disease in some countries where it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of lymphoedema due to lymphatic flilariasis, onchocerciasis, leprosy and protein-energy malnutrition in children. Management of podoconiosis is included in the morbidity management of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and is addressed by the WHO under LF prevention and control. This course aims at providing health workers with the basic knowledge to understand the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, impact and reporting of this important disease.
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement certificate will be available to participants who score at least 80% in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.