Purchase of Diagnostic Equipment in the Philippines
The International Society of Dermatology applied to ILDS DermLink on behalf of the Immunodermatology Unit and the Department of Dermatology at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Philippines. An increasing cohort of patients were presenting at the RITM with autoimmune blistering diseases but the equipment for diagnosis and monitoring only existed in Manila.
The ILDS DermLink grant awarded to the RITM allowed them to purchase an Immunofluorescence Microscope and Camera. By the end of the year, they had processed 51 specimens and are accepting referrals from other dermatologists in the southern regions of the Philippines. The microscope is helping not just with diagnostics but also with the training of dermatology residents.