May 2024 digest

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

Our May 2024 newsletter features ISAD collaboration with ILDS on the World Skin Health Day (WSHD) in Guinea and Madagascar, a national program to promote skin health including AD in Mauritania, the opening of the RAJKA2024 Call for Abstracts (ISAD Doha) and a focus on its pre-meeting: Patient-Centered Care in Atopic Dermatitis.

Best wishes,

President ISAD

Collaboration to International Initiatives


The ISAD is proud to collaborate to international initiatives such as the World Skin Health Day, a joint project of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) and the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).

Since 2013, World Skin Health Day has been taking place across the world to raise awareness of and treat a diverse range of skin conditions. According to the World Health Organization, over 900 million people are affected by skin diseases around the world at any time, and according to the recent Global Health report of ISAD (JEADV 2024) around 200 million people have AD among those.

Taking part in World Skin Health Day helps to raise awareness about AD among skin health priorities, as well as supporting people needing treatment in their local communities. The ISAD was taking part to the last Guinea WSHD last January and to the WSHD combined with the meeting of the Malagasy Society of Dermatology in Toamasina, May 22-23 (photos).


The recent national plan for skin diseases launched by the Ministry of health of Mauritania was the occasion to discuss national priorities for skin health with the local WHO representative, NGOs, and local health care workers. They include access to care and medications for AD and the fight against volunteer skin lightening procedures on black skin, key public health priorities in many countries.

What happened during the meeting in Nouakchott?


We are inviting abstract submissions and abstracts will be published as usual in Acta DV!
Submit your best content before July 15th (included).

Check the guidelines / questions:

The 2024 Rajka Medal and Prize will be attributed, please have a look at the criteria to apply, this year will be very competitive! From 2024, an accompanying prize of 15.000 EUR will be given to the awardee to contribute to further research at his/her institution.

How to apply?

Benefit from a discount for your air travel to Doha with our new partner Qatar Airways!
Complete your stay and select one of our 4 recommended hotels with special prizes for the attendees of the meeting.

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What about the PaCeCAD pre-meeting?

The pre-meeting of October 24 PATIENT-CENTERED CARE IN ATOPIC DERMATITIS (PACECAD): New Technological and Global Health Challenges will be organized by the ISAD-OPENED group, created by Prof. Jean-François STALDER (Nantes, France), which is since 2018 the official task force of the Society for therapeutic education / capacity building / capacity strengthening (, in close collaboration with Prof Martin STEINHOFF and his Doha team around two main sessions:

  • AD: Global Health Perspectives: The Middle East compared to the Rest of the World
  • Digital Tools in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis, with the participation of patients and patient’s support group, Global Skin and GADA representatives.

The Pierre Fabre Eczema Foundation will be the main sponsor of this event.


Explore the Latest in AD Research!

News on PubMed:

Dive into our curated selection of cutting-edge studies from PubMed, offering valuable insights into various aspects of Atopic Dermatitis: