Communicated by Alain Taïeb, President:
The first ISAD Global workshop devoted to AD in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was held in Geneva with 30 participants including those from 17 SSA countries, representatives of the International Dermatology Foundation (a branch of the International League of Dermatological Societies) and of the World Health Organization (WHO), specialists in telemedicine and artificial intelligence as well as specialists in therapeutic patient education (TPE). AD is the most prevalent chronic inflammatory skin disease in SSA and needs a closer attention besides neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) with a dermatological presentation. A roadmad had 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 for AD on black skin), involvement of traditional healers… In addition several initiatives concerning AD research in SSA have been discussed and should be implemented in close collaboration with WHO in the next months and assessed at follow-up meetings, in particular at the next Seoul ISAD and Nairobi ASDV, both in 2020.