Skin disease is a huge international problem, and often neglected. Between 21-87% of the population is affected by some type of skin problem.
Skin disease may be a sign of underlying illness; and can be upsetting or even stigmatising for the patient.
In resource poor countries, there is one specialist dermatologist for 3 to 10 million people, and specialists rarely work outside urban areas.
Non-specialist health workers have limited training and skills in skin disease, which can result in inappropriate treatment.
Treatments are often expensive, costing some patients in Africa and Asia over 50% of their income.
|Africa, Asia, UK|
|Reduce disfigurement and suffering due to skin disease worldwide|