IFD Principles

  1. Facilitate dermatological education and training at all health care levels in disadvantaged communities.
  2. Continue to support the RDTC in Moshi, Tanzania, and develop other means of achieving this mission.
  3. Improve the quality of care in dermatology and venereology in resource poor countries.
  4. Develop a cadre of experienced dermato-venereologists and health workers willing to serve on a short or long-term basis as visiting teachers, lecturers, advisers, or practitioners of dermatology; and to provide mentorship for those wishing to develop such a role.
  5. Document the needs of patients with dermatological disease in such areas and the current status and future requirements for trained manpower and resources.
  6. Develop rational treatment protocols and procedures which can be used widely in the developing world.
  7. Promulgate collaborative programmes between institutions from developing and developed countries of the world, non-governmental organisations and industry.
  8. Encourage and carry out appropriate research designed to improve the care of patients with dermatological disease.
  9. Promote dermato-venereological education and communication needs in developing countries at national and international meetings.
  10. Contribute to other programmes whose aim is to help patients with dermatovenereological diseases in resource poor settings.