Due to the prevalence of HIV in the region, 85% of patients come to public clinics with dermatological issues1. But there are just 30 trained dermatologists in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to serve a community of 10.7 million people2 - and this is typical of many regions in South Africa. Most nursing staff learn dermatology techniques from their colleagues on the ward; formal dermatology training is extremely rare.
"Today's training is exciting... the first of its kind."Prof Dlova, Head of Dermatology, University of KwaZulu-Natal
The Vaseline® Healing Project trained 372 medics over the course of four days. Lectures and training clinics were held by leading local dermatologist Prof Ncoza Dlova. Hands-on experience and training means that more nurses can identify and help treat skin earlier - before conditions become more damaging or complex.
A video summary of the Healing Project training event, including interviews with Prof Dlova and Dr Mosa from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
After the training, medics returned to their work, caring for their local community.
One of the nurses who received training shows off a different set of skills to local children in the township where she works.
1 & 2 University of KwaZulu-Natal data, 2016