1 -31 January, the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD) held its “Purple January” leprosy awareness campaign to mark World Skin Health Day. The campaign featured educational videos, digital outreach, and family involvement for early detection and promoted free treatment via Brazil’s Unified Health System, enhancing community awareness and early disease identification. In total, they reached 4 million people across Brazil.
The Guinea Clinique Dermatologique, in collaboration with the Universities Mahatma Gandhi and La Source, conducted activities for World Skin Health Day (WSHD) from January 20 to 31, 2024, in Conakry, Guinea. They launched with a press conference, offered free skincare to over 700 people, primarily children, in Kindia, and hosted an international dermatology congress online. Their efforts focused on underserved communities, providing diagnoses, treatments, and education on dermatological health. The impact was significant, with hundreds receiving essential dermatological care and raising awareness of skin health issues.
To combat skin NTDs and mark WSHD, the Malagasy Society of Dermatology (SOMADER) will host a congress in Toamasina on 22-23 May, with Global Dermatology, and attended by the Madagascar Ministry of Health, WHO, ISD, and ILDS, dermatologists, epidemiologists and healthcare professionals. This event, featuring over 40 presentations in multiple languages, aims to enhance awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of skin NTDs. It will bring together international experts for knowledge sharing and collaboration. Following the congress, on 24-25 May, they will undertake outreach and provide free skin healthcare in local healthcare centres in Tamatave, focusing on chroblastomycosis and sporotrichosis. Grenoble’s mycology-parasitology laboratory’s participation underscores the initiative’s significance in addressing skin NTDs globally.
In October, the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD) will undertake a multimedia campaign to raise psoriasis, including television and radio broadcasts and online posts about identifying and managing the condition.
In December, the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD) will undertake a multimedia campaign to raise awareness about sun exposure and skin cancer, including television and radio broadcasts and online posts about skin cancer prevention and awareness.