There are no enough dermatologists and skin clinics in Nairobi. Africa Psoriasis Organization organizes free medical camps to facilitate access to correct diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis to children from poor families in Nairobi slums. The free health camp projects are followed by psoriasis education to affected children to boost their confidence, schoolmates to increase understanding, parents to improve care and teachers to increase knowledge.
Nairobi, a city of 4 million people, has less than 13 active dermatologists. Access to treatment and care of psoriasis and other skin diseases among poor families is difficult. Study shows that Children suffering from psoriasis and other skin diseases keep changing schools and eventually drop out due to stigmatization, lack of proper diagnosis, treatment and hopelessness.
The free medical camps will provide proper diagnosis for all skin diseases and identify those with psoriasis for further assistance through the ongoing Africa Psoriasis Organization's Patient's Assistance Program. The program provides psoriasis education in schools to reduce stigmatization, increase understanding and provide hope and confidence to affected children. Parents and teachers are also educated to increase psoriasis knowledge and improve care for the affected children.
The project will provide children with access to proper diagnosis and treatment of all skin diseases allowing them to live a better confident life and restore their hope. The children affected by psoriasis, their school mates, teachers, parents, guardians and the general public will acquire increased knowledge about psoriasis. Stigmatization will be eliminated among children suffering from psoriasis and increased school completion rate will be achieved.