GlobeMed at Amherst College partners with Imidido Project in Ruhengeri, Rwanda to provide support for individuals with podoconiosis.
GlobeMed at Amherst College + Imidido Project
GlobeMed at Amherst College | Amherst, Massachusetts
Imidido Project |Ruhengeri, Rwanda
The Virunga Volcanic Mountains rise up in the northwest corner of Rwanda and provide fertile fields for subsistence farming. However, the men and women working barefoot in the fields can develop Lymphedema (chronic swelling) from a silica irritant in the soil which leads to devastating physical manifestations.
About the Partnership
GlobeMed at Amherst College recently partnered with the Imidido Project in Rwanda to support people affected by the condition podoconiosis (lymphedema), more commonly known in its late stage as Elephantiasis.
The Imidido Project began in 2009 to provide care to patients with podoconiosis. It has since expanded to running an income generation program using sewing machines especially fitted for podoconiosis patients. The Imidido Project is also working on education and sensitization to reduce social stigma associated with podoconiosis.
This partnership is newly formed and the students and the partner are collaborating to identity a targeted area of support.