Tropical dermatology2019-03-12T14:39:12+00:00

Tropical dermatology

— A conspicuous skills gap —

Today, tropical dermatology must both eradicate serious illnesses and support populations suffering from pathologies that are common, but stigmatising. Fondation Pierre Fabre is providing support for this evolution.

With an average prevalence rate of 30%, skin diseases are a serious concern in the South. Other than the most critical afflictions, such as leprosy, most are benign. But they still can lead to severe complications: in children, for example, impetigo can lead to kidney failure. And all skin diseases are stigmatising, as they are visible and often contagious. 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.

Fondation Pierre Fabre believes it is time to take action. First, because, in the 21st century, we can no longer tolerate the continued existence of devastating and often preventable diseases such as noma, a gangrenous stomatitis that afflicts the most vulnerable children. Second, because the national and international authorities are not working enough to fight some of the most common diseases that are of significant magnitude but only relative gravity. Yet, the simplicity and low cost of treating these skin diseases make them easy to treat.

The Foundation is therefore focusing its efforts on two areas: further elimination of the most worrying tropical endemic diseases and helping as many people as possible who are suffering from more benign ailments. Its programmes are particularly centred on medical staff training. A powerful lever for long-term results.

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Albinism Roundtable at the “Institut Français” in Mali


The event brought together institutional and healthcare entities and associations working in Mali to improve the health and care of those affected by this genetic disease.
This past 19 June, the Foundation co-organised a roundtable in Bamako addressing issues around health for people with albinism in Africa.

Albinism – Surviving the Sun


Albinism sufferers are one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups of sub-Saharan Africa, because they are particularly exposed to the risk of skin cancer. Fondation Pierre Fabre is working alongside NGO Standing Voice on the development of special care programmes, first in Tanzania and then in Malawi.