Dermatology

— A conspicuous skills gap —

Train health professionals, develop diagnosis and participate in prevention and treatment cancers in people with albinism : the Pierre Fabre Foundation contributes to filling the gap for the management of skin diseases in Africa.
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Skin diseases are among the first reasons people seek medical consultation in emerging countries, but they are difficult to treat due to the lack of medicalstaff training in peripheral health centres in these “non-priority” pathologies, the complications of which can nevertheless be severe if not promptly treated. For example, impetigo can lead to kidney failure.

This challenge is coupled with a marked lack of dermatologists, forcing patients to make long and expensive trips to seek medical advice in major urban areas. These ailments, the leading reasons behind medical consultations, are often treated in peripheral centres that suffer from a severe lack of specialists and personnel little-trained in non-priority diseases. This situation is of great concern, especially as the populations have a genuine need.

These circumstances led the Fondation Pierre Fabre to invest in the field of teledermatology with a twofold commitment: training healthcare workers to treat the most common diseases and providing the technical capacities needed to entrust the more difficult cases to specialists.

At the same time, the Foundation works on behalf of people with albinism – a condition with particularly high prevalence in Africa – to prevent them from developing the skin cancers to which they are prone, but which can nevertheless be avoided with greater awareness of preventive measures to take and monitoring by dermatologists.

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Publication of an innovative formula for producing a sun protection cream for people with albinism in Africa

23/07/2020|

Sun protection is still the only medical measure that can be implemented effectively to prevent skin cancer for people with albinism in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Fondation Pierre Fabre in collaboration with the Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmetic Laboratory and the Pierre Fabre Research Institute makes it available to the international community in a disinterested and supportive manner.

Podcast 6 : ” 2018, delivering eHealth solutions “

10/09/2019|

In this final podcast retracing the history of the Fondation, we’ll discover how eHealth has become an intervention pathway in its own right. We take an in-depth look at eHealth and the initiatives run by the Fondation to promote equal access to healthcare and optimise national public health policies.