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Skin disease

Preventing distress and suffering from skin problems

Africa, Asia, UK

PROBLEM

Skin disease is a huge international problem, and often neglected. Between 21-87% of the population is affected by some type of skin problem.
Skin disease may be a sign of underlying illness; and can be upsetting or even stigmatising for the patient.
In resource poor countries, there is one specialist dermatologist for 3 to 10 million people, and specialists rarely work outside urban areas.
Non-specialist health workers have limited training and skills in skin disease, which can result in inappropriate treatment.
Treatments are often expensive, costing some patients in Africa and Asia over 50% of their income.

GOALS
  • Reduce the disfigurement and suffering caused by skin disease worldwide.
  • Help primary health care workers to give appropriate, cost-effective treatments or refer when appropriate.
  • Improve patient understanding of skin disease and how to use common treatments.

Skin problems are common and may be a sign of underlying illness

SOLUTIONS
  • Work with a team of international experts to develop appropriate, high-quality learning materials for each audience and region.
  • Gather clinical videos in our target regions (to ensure that increase engagement and local relevance, and ensure that an accurate diagnosis can be made in different skin colours).
  • Highlight key clinical skills and practical procedures through video demonstration.
  • Engage with users to shape materials and obtain learner/user feedback.
  • Assess the impact on knowledge, skills and decision making of health workers; and on patients’ attitudes to skin disease, and use any recommended treatment.
TARGETS
  • Develop a resource for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals for Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Produce a simple, focused version for community health workers on common skin diseases.
  • Provide patient education videos to encourage people to seek appropriate help and use treatments correctly.
  • Use interviews, focus groups and informal feedback to understand the views of learners, educators, policy makers and key opinion leaders.
  • Assess the impact on knowledge, skills and decision making of health workers; and on patients’ understanding of their skin disease and its treatment.


Reducing the disfigurement and suffering from skin disease worldwide.


Where
Africa, Asia, UK
Topic
Skin Disease
Benefits
Reduce disfigurement and suffering due to skin disease worldwide
Dates
January 2016 - December 2018

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