Today, at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, the ILDS is pleased to share the announcement of the launch of the Global Dermatology Coalition. This Coalition brings together a multi-stakeholder group of like-minded organisations focused putting medical dermatology on the global health agenda.
This week is the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. The ILDS holds official relations status with the World Health Organization (WHO) which allows us to attend the WHA and make statements to member states. This gives us the opportunity to champion dermatology and skin health and ensure its inclusion in global health policy.
We deplore the human casualties and tragic consequences of the war in Ukraine. The International League of Dermatological Societies Society (ILDS) stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and our local Member organisation, the Ukrainian Association of Dermatovenereologists.
This month’s update is from the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD), awarded a DermLink grant in 2020 to undertake their End Advanced Skin Cancer Scourge in Albinos Project (EASCAP). As part of this, Dr Nkechi Anne Enechukwu and her team provided dermatological care and skin cancer prevention training to Persons Living with Albinism (PWA) in Anambra State, Nigeria.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has shifted the way we all work, live, and navigate the world. It has also highlighted and widened global inequalities, particularly the delivery of and access to healthcare services and education. As part of this series, we share updates from IFD Project Partners in Tajikistan, Nepal, Tanzania, and Mexico, among others, to look at how they have navigated these challenges.
The latest instalment of our "Meet the Board" series is from Venkataram Mysore. Venkat joined the ILDS Board in 2019 as a Regional Director for the Middle-East, South-Asia and Africa, and serves on the Finance and Fundraising Committee, ILDS-WHO Committee, Communications Committee and is Vice-Chair of the World Skin Health Day Working Group.
Our ILDS Advisor Spotlight series introduces you to the Special and External Advisors who support the ILDS and IFD by providing technical input or advice into a specific area of ILDS/IFD’s work or lead a particular project or activity. Dr Esther Freeman became an ILDS External Advisor in 2021, she is the Chair of GLODERM and supports the work of the ILDS WHO Committee.
We are pleased to announce that Arpita Bhose will be the next ILDS Executive Director. Arpita joins the ILDS from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), where she is the Chief Executive Officer. Like ILDS, WSAVA is an international membership organisation for membership organisations, with an annual Congress that brings together the global veterinary community to learn, share ideas and to forge relationships with colleagues from around the world.
I had the privilege of being elected by distinguished ILDS assembly delegates during WCD 2019 in Milan. I have been appointed as Vice-Chair of the ILDS Patients’ Organisation Working Group and members of Award Committee, International Foundation of Dermatology and Scientific Programme Committee for the World Congress of Dermatology 2023. I have also been registered as WHO expert on Neglected Tropical Diseases.