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Community Dermatology Nursing in Resource-Poor Communities Across Africa

Kelly, Patricia Ann

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: July/August 2012 - Volume 4 - Issue 4 - p 244–248
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0b013e3182617a63
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ABSTRACT Because of poverty, overcrowding, and lack of access to safe water, skin diseases are prevalent in the developing world. There is a lack of healthcare resources and few appropriately trained professionals to treat and manage skin disease. This article tracks the development of dermatology nursing in South Africa over the last decade. It provides an overview of how nurses working in primary care clinics, particularly in rural areas, have been empowered to diagnose and treat common skin conditions. Plans for the future include the establishment of a South African Dermatology Nursing Association.

Patricia Ann Kelly, SRN, SRM, CNP, Dip Dermatology, Division of Dermatology, University of Cape Town/Groote Schuur Hospital; Director, International Skin Care Nursing Group, South Africa.

The author has declared no conflict of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Patricia Ann Kelly, SRN, SRM, CNP, Dip Dermatology, University Of Cape Town, G23 Division of Dermatology, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory, Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa 7925. E-mail:;

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.