Emi Watanabe

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BACKGROUND The role of footwear in protection against a range of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is gaining increasing attention. Better understanding of the behaviors that influence use of footwear will lead to improved ability to measure shoe use and will be important for those implementing footwear programs. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Using the(More)
Little is known about how beliefs about heredity as a cause of health conditions might influence preventive and interpersonal behaviors among those individuals with low genetic and health literacy. We explored causal beliefs about podoconiosis, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) endemic in Ethiopia. Podoconiosis clusters in families but can be prevented if(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether shoe-wearing affords foot protection among school children living in southern Ethiopia. METHODS Data collectors conducted a standardized foot assessment with children in an elementary school in southern Ethiopia (N=168). RESULTS 54% reported wearing shoes consistently in the prior three days. Children wearing closed-toed(More)
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