By Molly Anderson, Programs Associate, The END Fund
The International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) distributed 20,000 bars of soap and thousands of leaflets in June to health professionals from targeted health centers in Ethiopia to disperse to communities.
The END Fund provided support through IOCC to the existing morbidity management program of lymphoedema associated with lymphatic filariasis and podoconiosis in endemic areas of Amhara, Ethiopia.
Lymphatic Filariasis is a mosquito born illness that can cause swelling from fluid build up induced by improper function of the lymphatic system. Secondary infections can occur when germs enter the body through lesions. The soap and health information leaflets will help people utilize proper hygiene practices to prevent these secondary infections.
Morbidity management is an essential element to achieving NTD control and elimination goals.