Migrant Health Dermatology Working Group

Since early 2020, the Migrant Health Dermatology Working Group (MHDWG) of the IFD has brought together dermatology specialists from around the world to discuss some of the most pressing skin health issues facing migrants and refugees.

The Working Group shares best practice and advocates for improved skin health provision for migrants, refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs). Globally there are around 80 million refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and among these groups skin diseases are highly prevalent while their access to specialised healthcare is often limited. The issue of migrant health has grown in the last decade as a result of the Syrian conflict, the expulsion of Rohingya people from Myanmar, and the arrival of many migrants in southern Europe, as well as refugee crises around the world.

Migrant Health Dermatology Working Group (MHDWG) Members: Claire Fuller, Toby Maurer, Chris Griffiths, Valeska Padovese, Wendemagegn Enbiale, Su Lwin, Sidra Khan, Aileen Chang, Amy Forrestel, Rod Hay, Ser-Ling Chua, Alexia Knapp, Ncoza Dlova, Aisha Sethi, Bayanne Olabi, Jenny Hughes, Ismael Maatouk, Tori Williams, Kari Wanat and Grace Bandow

This is a dynamic area of work for the IFD. Anyone with dermatological experience in migrant, refugee and displaced person settings who would like to get involved, please contact info@ilds.org.

Publications by Working Group Members

  • Addressing the challenges to skin health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European region. Kari Palman, Jozef Bartovic, Valeska Padovese, accepted for publication on TMIH Journal on 15.01.2021 https://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.13552
  • The role of contextual factors in shaping HIV and STI prevention and testing engagement among urban refugee and displaced adolescents and youth in Kampala, Uganda: Findings from a qualitative study. Carmen H. Logie,1,2*Moses Okumu,3Daniel Kibuuka Musoke,4Robert Hakiza,5Simon Mwima,6Vibhuti Kacholia,1Peter Kyambadde,6,7Claire Uwase Kipenda,8Lawrence Mbuagbaw,9Migrant Health Dermatology Working Group (Submitted to TMIH last October 2020) https://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.13560
  • Sexually transmitted infections’ epidemiology and knowledge, attitude and practice survey in a set of migrants attending the sexual health clinic in Malta. Padovese V, Farrugia A, Almabrok Ali Ghath S, Rossoni I. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2020 Sep 23. https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.16949
  • A skin disease and needs assessment analysis of the displaced Rohingya population in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. Khan SS, Padovese V, Maurer TA, Barua DP, Chowdhury MIH, Islam MA, Mowla MR, Griffiths CEM. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2020 Dec;45(8):1051-1054. https://doi.org/10.1111/ced.14310
  • Sexual health among HIV-negative gay and bisexual men in Lebanon: a comparison between native and immigrant/refugee communities. Maatouk I, Assi M, Jaspal R, and the International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD) Migrant Health Dermatology Working Group. J Refugees studies 2021. Accepted April 2021. https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feab079
  • Skin diseases in displaced populations: a review of contributing factors, challenges, and approaches to care. Knapp AP, Rehmus W, Chang AY. Int J Dermatol. 2020 Nov;59(11):1299-1311. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijd.15063
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