Providing Sustainable Dermatological Care in Sao Tome and Principe

Sociedade Portuguesa de Dermatologia e Venereologia

Sao Tome and Principe healthcare system is under-resourced and highly dependent on foreign aid. This is especially the case in Dermatology as there are no skin specialists in the country. To address this, Sociedade Portuguesa de Dermatologia e Venereologia (SPDV) seeks to:

  • Develop integrated teledermatology tools
  • Establish dermatological training workshops for patients and health care workers
  • Improve dermatological care and treatment
  • Establish educational and awareness-raising initiatives
  • Create a dermatology department at Hospital Ayres de Menezes


SIG funds will be used to:

  • Establish and equip the first dermatology department in a national hospital in Sao Tome and Principe
  • Undertake field missions and provide dermatological care in underserved communities
  • Develop a DermaWeb tool to provide teledermatological services and treatment
  • Provide dermatological training for physicians and general practitioners through workshops, fellowships and online lectures
  • Raise public awareness about skin health through multi-media campaigns and educational workshops