L’Oréal announced the winners of its International Awards for Social Responsibility in Dermatology, “Caring to Inspire Skin Confidence” at the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology taking place in Vancouver, Canada.
The Awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate the often unseen efforts and hard work carried out by dermatologists worldwide by rewarding voluntary dermatological initiatives, coming from individuals, associations or hospitals, favoring patient support and care in order to inspire confidence and encourage social inclusion, independently from their medical treatment. People with dermatological conditions may frequently face discrimination and feel socially excluded.
Projects falling into at least one of the three main categories Prevention and Education, Improved Quality of Life and Self-Esteem, Access to Care Coverage and Surgery were accepted.
A total of 118 applications from the five main geographical areas - Africa and Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America - were received and evaluated by an independent Steering Committee of six worldwide renowned dermatology experts. One winner per region receives a funding to reward the initiative and to help them continue the development of the project.
The five dermatologists awarded are:
For Africa and Arab States
Prof. Khalid Mohammed AlGhamdi from Saudi Arabia
Charity Society known as Faal to empower and support vitiligo patients in Saudi Arabia
Dr. Jeong Chan-woo from South Korea
Sharing skin love - Skin Health Promotion for Orphanage and for low-income children/youth
Dr. Ksenia Sorokina from Russia
A healthy child means a healthy family - Targeting prevention of dermatitis and adherence to
For Latin America
Dr. Gioconda Gaudiano from Republic of Panama
Moon Children - Providing mobile surgery clinics to Indigenous people
For North America
Dr. Danielle Marcoux from Canada
Camp Liberté – Summer camp for children with skin disorders
These awards were supported by the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) and by the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology.