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Dermatol Clin. 1993 Apr;11(2):311-4.

International Foundation for Dermatology. A challenge to meet the dermatologic needs of developing countries.

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Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, NY.


The primary goal of the IFD, which serves under the aegis of the International Committee of Dermatology (the governing body of the International League of Dermatological Societies), is to improve dermatology and dermatologic care in rural areas and developing countries. The principal mission of the IFD is to create regional dermatology training centers in geographic areas of greatest need. The first such center, serving the 12 countries of the African Regional Health Community, is located in Moshi, Tanzania. After successfully completing a 2-year course, the emerging dermatology officers will return to their countries of origin to promulgate the information they have learned by teaching others. The second RDTC is located in Chimaltenango, Guatemala to serve 10 countries in the Caribbean basin by training auxiliary nurses to man health posts in rural areas in this region. All dermatologists in the developed world should view their responsibility to their profession and to those suffering from dermatologic diseases in developing countries as a challenge that can be met if we all labor together to ensure a better world for those who currently have minimal or no dermatologic care. Remember: Give a man a fish and you feed him for one day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life!

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