ILDS Strategic Review 2015-2019

14 July 2020

We are delighted to share with you this Review which presents our progress and achievements over the last four years towards Skin Health for the World, in line with our 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.

Since 2015, we have built on the leadership and achievements of those that have shaped global dermatology over the last 130 years. We are particularly proud of the following highlights:

  • The 24th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) held in Milan, Italy in June 2019. This was a fantastic success and a truly unique global event attended by over 16,000 delegates from 145 countries.
  • Our collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to strengthen, with the ILDS re-admitted into official relations with the WHO in 2019.
  • The growth of the World Skin Health Day campaign since its relaunch in 2017. This campaign touched the lives of more than 9 million people in 2019. The development of a clear and recognisable brand which has helped raise awareness of the ILDS’ objectives and goals. We have also improved our communications channels including the launch of our new website and newsletter in 2018, and the expansion of our social media content.
  • The growth in our membership and increasing member engagement which improves our understanding of and ability to represent global skin health needs.
  • Increased support for humanitarian projects in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America

Our achievements reflect the hard work of our Directors, Members and Partners.

Building on this strong foundation, we have the opportunity to do more than ever before to improve the skin health, and therefore the lives, of people around the world. Later this year, we will launch our new strategy for the next four years to take us through to the 25th World Congress of Dermatology in Singapore in July 2023. This strategic period will focus on working in partnership to strengthen and improve access to skin health around the world through:

  • Global educational activities, including our flagship event, the World Congress of Dermatology
  • Global health policy and research activities in collaboration with the World Health Organization and other like-minded partners in relevant skin health areas
  • Capacity building and supporting improvements in skin health in under-served regions through the International Foundation for Dermatology
  • Globally relevant campaigns to raise awareness of skin health
  • A focus on member engagement and member support, as well as developing a globally representative membership
  • Developing global networks and partnerships focused on education and care
  • Meaningful collaboration and advocacy activities with patients’ organisations to ensure that the work we do considers patients’ perspectives

Read the ILDS Strategic Review 2015-2019 here.


ILDS Strategic Review 2015-2019

Learn about the last four years of ILDS' projects and activities