Dr. Mark Holzberg from the United States, “Volunteer Dermatologist Dermatology Clinic for Atlanta’s Homeless at the Mercy Care Clinic at the Gateway Center”
Mercy Care Clinic delivers primary care, dental and vision, pediatrics, health education, and HIV treatment. In 2009, Mercy Care formed an association with the Gateway Center for the Homeless to provide primary care and dentistry for the homeless population in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
The program set up by Dr. Holzberg adds full-service dermatology to the clinic with the help of members of the Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, thereby providing this population with access to dermatologic care.
The free clinic is offered twice a month and each homeless patient consultation involves a dermatologist, a certified medical assistant and a medical scribe to keep records.
The project was set up in April 2018 and since July, eight dermatologists are involved and approximately 60 homeless patients have benefited from the project.
South & Central America
Dr. Carolina Reato Marçon from Brazil, “Pró-Albino Program: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Actinic Skin Damage, Emotional Support and Social Inclusion in Albinism”
Epidemiological data on albinism in Brazil are not available, but the number of people living with albinism is substantial. The dermatology department of Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital recorded a high incidence of advanced skin cancers and actinic damage in albino patients. As a direct result, the department decided to set up a program to provide effective interventions for the prevention and early management of skin cancer, and to provide emotional and social support to albino patients.
The Pró-Albino program was launched in 2010 at the Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital in São Paulo, by the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Ophthalmology. Its objectives include:
- Reducing the physical ‘scars’ of albinism through the prevention and early detection of dermatological diseases that occur in albino patients
- Diagnosing ophthalmological changes
- Conducting appropriate interventions
In addition, all albino patients and their families receive information leaflets on the pathology and on measures to prevent skin damage.
Around 280 patients are involved in the program.