The Australasian College of Dermatologists Humanitarian Activities
[ric id="1568" srcmoduleimage="https://ilds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Australian-College-of-Dermatology-360x260.jpg" srcsquare="https://ilds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Australian-College-of-Dermatology-360x360.jpg" srcoriginal="https://ilds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Australian-College-of-Dermatology-450x253.jpg" srcvideo="https://ilds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Australian-College-of-Dermatology-320x180.jpg" srcnarrow="https://ilds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Australian-College-of-Dermatology-475x100.jpg" format="original" alt="A group of women sitting on the floor" caption="North India women's group" classes="center"] Uttarakand, North India In 2010 Dr Claire Grills and her team established a Dermatology Treatment, Training and Research programme in North India. This was based on an initial survey of 1,200 individuals looking at the prevalence of various skin conditions in order to plan resources and training. Supported by colleagues in Victoria, Australia; fundraising was undertaken to meet ongoing costs. The project has played a significant role in responding to the local dermatology needs of the impoverished and remote part of northern India which previously had no dermatology service. The activities undertaken of the treatment, training and research programme include:
- Various professional visits from Australian-based staff to undertake training and offer clinical care to local needy populations including a recent team who received the ‘SkinCare for Developing Countries’ grant from the American Academy of Dermatology for their focus on pigmentary disorders
- Regular dermatological clinics have continued- weekly in one centre and monthly in the other centre with the support of the fund
- Training and teaching sessions have been held on steroid use, general dermatology conditions, paediatric dermatology
- Basic research has been undertaken on both steroids use (2016) and skin whiteners (2014)
- Informal but regular teledermatology consults with numerous patients- linked to Landour Christian Hospital, Chamba Hospital and Sampan Community Health program
- Dermatological equipment for the clinics and outreach programs- medications, diathermy, lamp and certain consumables.