Atopic Dermatitis in Africa

The first ISAD Global Meeting dedicated to Atopic Dermatitis in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was held at Novotel Geneva Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, April 12 – 14, 2019. 

A total of 30 participants were present at the meeting, including those from 17 SSA countries, representatives of the World Health Organization, International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD/ILDS), Fondation Dermatite Atopique, as well as specialists in telemedicine, artificial intelligence, and therapeutic patient education.

Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease in SSA and needs a closer attention besides neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). A roadmap has been defined with top priorities such as access to essential medicines and devices for AD care, in particular emollients, better education of primary health care workers for adequate triage (e.g. better documents on AD on black skin) and involvement of traditional healers. In addition, several initiatives concerning AD research in SSA have been discussed and should be implemented in the next months and assessed at follow-up meetings, in particular at the next ISAD Meeting in Seoul, South Korea and the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, both in 2020.

President ISAD


April 12~14, Geneva, Switzerland
Chairs: Prof. Alain TAÏEB (France) + Prof. Peter SCHMID-GRENDELMEIER (Switzerland)


Friday, April 12, 2019

Opening Welcome

18:30 Introduction
Opening Lecture: Overview of Health Challenges Including Skin Health in sub-Saharan Africa
Prof. Mamadou BALL, Mauritania – WHO Regional Representative
20:00 Welcome Cocktail

Saturday, April 13, 2019


08:30 A Survey on Atopic Dermatitis in Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Roberto TAKAOKA, Brazil
08:55 Atopic Dermatitis in Africa
Prof Gail TODD, South Africa
09:20 Aspects of Atopic Dermatitis in Tanzania
Prof John MASENGA, Tanzania
09:45 Dermatology Journey to São Tomé e Príncipe
Prof Antonio Miguel CORREIA, Portugal
10:10 – 10:30 Coffee-Break
10:30 Atopic Dermatitis in Uganda
Prof. Sara BROWN, Scotland
10:55 Therapeutic Education in Chronic Disorders: A Global Perspective
Dr Jorge CORREIA, Switzerland
11:20 Telemedicine and Potential Application to AD in Africa
Dr Valérie DORIZY-VUONG, France and Dr Garba MAHAMADOU, Niger
11:45 Atopic Dermatitis in Ethiopia
Dr BELACHEW, Ethiopia
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Open communications

14:00 Atopic Dermatitis in Mauritania
Dr Mariem KÉBÉ, Mauritania
14:15 AD Management in Niger: The Key Points
Dr Garba MAHAMADOU, Niger
14:30 Challenge in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis in Madagascar: Epidemiology, Clinical Presentation and Perspective
Prof Rabenja RAPELANORO, Madagascar
14:45 Atopic Dermatitis in a Private Dermatology Practice Based in Kigali, Rwanda
Dr Kayitesi KAYITENKORE, Rwanda
15:00 Problems in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis in Senegal
Dr Fatimata LY, Senegal
15:15 Low dose Cyclosporine for the management of cortico-resistant atopic dermatitis morbidly obese patient
Ousmane FAYE, Mali
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee-Break
15:45 Challenges in Different Steps of the Management of Atopic Dermatitis: The Case of Côte d’Ivoire
Dr Kouadio Célestin AHOGO, Ivory Coast
16:00 Atopic Dermatitis in Mozambique
Dr Rolanda MANUEL, Mozambique
16:15 Epidemiological and Clinical Profile of Atopic Dermatitis in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
16:30 Management of Atopic Dermatitis in Burkina Faso
Dr Amina NOMTOND OUEDRAOGO, Burkina Faso
16:45 Atopic Dermatitis in Togo: An update
Dr Julienne TECLESSOU, Togo
17:00 The Intentional Foundation for Dermatology (IFD) – Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Claire FULLER, UK

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Research Road Map

Prof Peter SCHMID-GRENDELMEIER, Switzerland

08:30 Microbiota in AD – Differences Between Urban and Rural Environment for Serum Biomarkers
Dr Nonhlanhla LUNJANI, South Africa/Ireland

Design Thinking Workshop

08:30 Design Thinking in Atopic Dermatitis
Dr Roberto TAKAOKA, Brazil

Identifying Problems in AD

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee-Break
10:30 Origami workshop
Emiko OKAMOTO, Japan
Brainstorming and Creating Solutions
Summary of Possible Actions and Road Map
Farewell lunch



Design Thinking in Africa
Claudia and Aninha, Brazil


Fondation Dermatite Atopique