Using ethnographic film in tackling podoconiosis

A. L. Cremers, B. J. Visser, Z. Getahun, M. Borku, E. Meskele, J. Ahmed, M. van Vugt, E. Birnie

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Background: Ethiopia has one of the worst podoconiosis rates in the world, affecting >1.5 million patients. We present our ethnographic film 'Tigist, the story of a girl with podoconiosis' and its potential use in tackling podoconiosis.

Methods: We conducted visual ethnography, consisting of video-recorded participant observations and interviews with seven patients, three healthcare workers and two podoconiosis experts.

Results: We acquired video recordings of socialmoments, the state of podoconiosis patients' bodies and minds, their emotions and the impact of poverty.

Conclusions: Our film allows for an intensified understanding of patients' daily experiences with podoconiosis, potentially impacting care, awareness and medical teaching programs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)896-898
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2020


  • ethnographic film
  • patient experience
  • podoconiosis
  • stigma


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