“When my condition gets better, I want to show as many people as possible that this disease is treatable,” said Deberie.
Deberie, 38, has been living with incredible pain for years, caused by podoconiosis. The painful swelling in her legs and feet means she stays in bed for days at a time and has also withdrawn socially.
After learning of a podoconiosis-specific treatment center from a community health worker, Deberie decided to visit it and learn more.
IOCC met Deberie on her first day of treatment, when she excitedly shared that she wanted to keep learning how to manage her condition and help others do the same.
To reach patients in remote areas of Ethiopia, IOCC’s podo program equips local health leaders to cultivate knowledge about prevention and treatment in their own communities.
Learn more at www.fightpodo.org