Dermatology is often viewed as an aesthetic matter but skin issues in developing regions of the world can be very debilitating, sometimes physically sometimes psychologically.
Doctors in training during one of the Healing Project lectures.
The Vaseline® Healing Project operated a multi-day course of training and treatment across Chiapas. The intensive training was led by dermatological experts from Kings College Hospital London and the ex-President of the Latin American Association of Dermatology. Local doctors piled into lecture theatres with staff from hospitals also dialling in via telecon. The training focused on diagnosing common skin diseases, supporting better diagnosis across the region.
Patients await treatment at one of the Healing Project events.
Without accurate diagnosis, doctors often supply generic multi-therapy creams for skin problems. These creams can actually damage skin - especially when they include active ingredients like steroids or bleaching agents. Creams with added perfume are enough to aggravate and seriously worsen existing skin issues.
The use of 'generic' creams that are anti-microbial, anti-fungal and steroids further exacerbates symptoms - available lotions are made to treat variety rather than specificity, because they are cheaper to produce.
The Vaseline® Healing Project ran a series of treatment days across the Chiapas bringing treatment to remote, indigenous communities. Many of these indigenous people speak ancient dialects and live a life unchanged for thousands of years.
"We brought nature into the hospital, to make indigenous rural patients feel at ease."Sister Audelio at San Carlos Hospital, Altamirano
Sometimes Vaseline® Healing Project doctors operated there and then - in one case, doctors performed surgery on a little girl with a vascular tissue overgrowth on her lip. That little girl went home with her mother that day, with the right medication and a supply of products to help soothe her skin.