Africa: A new initiative to map lymphatic filariasis (LF) and podoconiosis in Ethiopia is in progess, through a collaboration between several organisations. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, DfID and End Fund, the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (Ehnri) is working with Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases, the Global Atlas of Helminth Infections at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to map 1,384 communities in 692 districts, covering more than 130,000 individuals.
The above stated health and development organisations will need a clear understanding of the geographical distribution and effect of the diseases. With this knowledge, they will be able to point out priority areas and determine geographical overlaps among the diseases to enable integrated control. Mapping will help them identify populations vulnerable to these diseases, indicate priority areas, target resources and help to monitor control progress.
Source: The guardian