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Established in 1991, Dermatología Comunitaria México (DCM), led by Dr Roberto Estrada, aims to improve skin health in communities in under-served parts of Mexico. The International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD) is pleased to support Dr Roberto and his team as part of its In-Country Support Programme.
Dr Estrada and his team in action
Since 2017, with the assistance of the IFD, DCM has:
During the first six months of the Pandemic, Dermatología Comunitaria México had to close its Acapulco clinic to join the national mission to control and eradicate COVID-19. Despite these challenging circumstances, Dr Estrada and his team continued to provide online dermatological training and teledermatology sessions.
The new clinic in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Mexico
In October 2020, they reopened their centre in Acapulco but found that the patients that attended the clinic were not those most in need. To address this, Dr Estrada, Dr Chávez, and their team relocated the clinic to Tixtla, Guerrero State, Mexico. They chose this location as it was more accessible for the surrounding indigenous communities to visit and receive dermatological care.
The Dermatología Comunitaria México programme overcame the challenges presented by the pandemic through their innovative and responsive approach. DCM has been able to not only navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 but grow and become more resilient as a result.