2020 Activities

Throughout January 2020, the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (Brazil) undertook a wide range of activities, including a multimedia campaign, skin consultations and workshops, to help raise awareness and treat Leprosy across Brazil, particularly amongst underserved communities.


16 February, the Philippine Dermatological Society (Philippines) held a skin health fair in Manila, where they provided free lectures, skin consultations and educational booths on common dermatological conditions.


6 April 2020, the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (India) provided free online educational talks, consultations, and resources via social media, including Facebook and Instagram.


Throughout May 2020, the Tanzania Society for Dermatovenereology (Tanzania) ran a free outreach clinic in an underserved Maasai community, where they provided free dermatological care and treatment. As part of this, they undertook educational talks on COVID-19 transmission and prevention measures and distributed protective gear.


5 May 2020, during its Congress, the European Society of Skin Cancer Prevention planned to run an awareness campaign and Q&A session on skin cancer and prevention on Twitter. In addition to this, they were going to host a press conference and produce a press release on skin cancer and skin health.


13 – 17 May, the Swiss Society for Dermatology and Venereology (Switzerland) planned to undertake various activities, including screening clinics, a multimedia campaign, and educational stands, across Switzerland to help treat and raise awareness about skin cancer


25 June 2020, the Vitiligo Research Group Macedonia (Macedonia) intended to run a social media campaign about vitiligo to raise awareness and address misconceptions about the conditions. They were also planning to provide lectures on Vitiligo and Pigmental Disorders to healthcare workers and professional as well as free dermatological consultations and follow up care to patients.


August – September 2020, the Turkish Society of Dermatology (Turkey) will raise awareness about skin cancer and sun protection through a multimedia campaign and educational workshops amongst farming communities in Turkey. As part of this, they will develop educational resources and distribute protective equipment to farmers, including wide brim hats and sunscreen.


4 September 2020, the Communtaria Mexico Programme (Mexico) liaised with frontline healthcare workers in Montana, Guerrero to provide free teledermatology consultations and follow up treatment to indigenous communities in underserved areas.


Late September 2020, the Australasian College of Dermatologists (Australia) will raise awareness about access to teledermatology services in Australia via a multimedia campaign.


October 2020, the Communtaria Mexico Programme (Mexico) will undertake two clinical outreach trips to Ocuituco and Sn Luis Acatlán, Mexico. During this trip, they will provide free educational resources, dermatological consultations, and treatment to underserved indigenous communities, who have limited to no access to primary healthcare services.


Throughout November 2020, the Philippine Dermatological Society (Philippines) will provide free online skin consultations and follow up treatment to people from underserved community across the Philippines. 

10 - 11 November 2020, the Cambodian In-Country Support Project (Cambodia), will undertake a multimedia campaign about skin health. In conjunction with this, they will be providing free skin consultations and treatments, where they will also distribute medicine.

25 November 2020, the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (United States of America) have produced a flyer on healthy skin as part of World Skin Health Day, which will be shared with member societies, affiliate organisations and healthcare providers across the United States.

2 - 4 December 2020, in partnership with Clinique Dermatologique, Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry (Guinea) will host a free interactive conference on the psychosocial and psychodermatological impact of acne. In addition to this, they will run a multi-media awareness campaign and provide free skin consultations and treatment to the public.


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