Dermatology Department Organises Teaching Outreach Programme
UKZN’s Dermatology Department held a four-day Teaching Outreach Programme which is part of the Vaseline Healing project.
The programme was attended by about 200 primary health care (PHC) workers, nurses, doctors and final-year Medical students.
UKZN’s Dermatology HoD, Professor Ncoza Dlova, said: ‘The project is a global aid effort, in partnership with Direct Relief and Unilever USA, to provide dermatology care and training, Vaseline products and medical supplies to people with limited access to skin health resources.’
Dlova said teaching and empowering PHC doctors and nurses to diagnose common skin conditions would prove to be a great investment in the future.
Participants were trained on basic and common dermatology conditions at no cost. Each participant received a copy of an HIV and Skin Atlas co-authored by Dlova and Professor Anisa Mosam as well as a handbook of all the lectures presented by the Dermatology consultants.
Project organiser, Direct Relief’s Social Impact Initiative Manager, Mr Kevin Molloy, said the outreach programme’s mission was to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergency situations through mobilising and providing essential medical resources. ‘Our aim is to help the Vaseline Healing Project heal the skin of 5 million people by 2020,’ said Molloy.
Unilever’s USA Brand Manager, Vaseline, Mrs Neha Minj, said: ‘I must say I am greatly humbled by how every doctor we met had such a selfless attitude towards serving their community and wanted to do more. Personally being part of the training and hearing live feedback from the nurses and medical officers, it’s evident that this training programme is fulfilling a vital need in dermatology training.’
Dlova said the project had received a donation of R900 000 from Unilever USA.
The programme consisted of a three-day training programme in the eThekwini, ILembe and Pietermaritzburg districts during which a total of 346 primary health care practitioners were trained. At a one-day clinic, 144 patients were treated free of charge.
Training and consultations were conducted by UKZN’s 11 Dermatologists as well as the HoD of Umtata University, Dr Avumile Mankahla, and Livingstone HoD, Dr Phakamile Magigaba.
Mosam worked closely with Dlova in planning this venture together with their colleagues Dr Antoinette Chateau, Dr Korashia Hoosen, Dr Nokubonga Khoza, Dr Zamambo Mkhize, Dr Khumo Duze, Dr Cebisile Sibisi, Dr Levashnie Naidoo, Dr Mamello Ndumo and Dr Mthobisi Mazibuko.