Welcome to IFD

The International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD) was created in 1987 as an arm of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS).

  • The IFD is a non-profit organisation whose principal mission is to improve dermatology care in underserved areas of the developing world.
  • The IFD is an integral arm of the ILDS representing more than 25,000 members from over 60 nations.
  • The ILDS is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a non-governmental organisation for official relations with the dermatological communities.

Our Aim

Our aim is to improve the care of patients with skin and sexually transmitted disease who do not have access to specialist skills. For the most part this work is carried out through training health workers appropriate for the local environment. In addition we have been carrying out a series of needs assessments and developing as well as evaluating treatment regimens and protocols for more general use in resource poor regions

These have contributed to health care in areas as diverse as the control of common skin infections and the management of lymphoedema in  lymphatic filariasis.

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