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 social moments, 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
Pages (from-to)896-898
Number of pages3
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • Ethnographic film
  • Patient experience
  • Podoconiosis
  • Stigma

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