The official photograph of the meeting around His Excellency the Minister of Public Health of Madagascar, Prof Arivalo Zely Randriamanantany. From left to right: R. Rapelanoro (Madagascar), M. Ball (Mauritania, former WHO Officer), A.M. Besdah (WHO-AFRO, Brazzaville), P. Schmid-Grendelmeier (ISAD, Switzerland), A. Wollenberg (ISAD, Germany), A.Z. Randriamanantany (Madagascar), N. Dlova (South Africa), A. Taieb (ISAD, France), O. Faye (ISAD, Mali), D. Mavura (Tanzania, Moshi RTC ), JA. Ruiz-Postigo (WHO-INT Geneva), G. Edosoa (WHO-INT Antananarivo). Present but missing on the photo: R. Manuel (Mozambique). C. Flohr and C. Hsu were attending via webconf.
This post covers Madagascar ISAD-WHO meeting of June 6th 2022, paving the way towards a better accessibility to drugs and capacity building in low resources countries.
The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar and attended in person by the minister Prof Arivalo Zely Randriamanantany, who has a background in allergy and paediatics.
Interestingly, the meeting was held just before the launch by WHO of the strategic framework for the integrated control and management of skin NTDs. The framework emphasizes a people-centered integrated approach to enable countries to tackle the morbidity, disability, and psychosocial impact of skin NTDs but very importantly other skin conditions, especially AD — because of its high prevalence and comorbidities in low resources countries —, by identifying areas, key partners and resources.