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 to prevent and manage the social and health risks of people with albinism, a population that is particularly exposed to the risk of skin cancers and that also suffers from ophthalmic problems that compromise their access to education and their economic integration. The Pierre Fabre Foundation’s activities in favour of people with albinism are structured in a global approach that goes beyond the medical aspects and covers psychosocial support for patients and information for the population.
The projects supported by the Foundation include a component on the local production of sun protection ointment, whose formula was developed pro bono by Pierre Fabre Laboratories and specifically adapted to the context of sub-Saharan Africa.