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The OUCRU Indonesia project, “Improving access to skincare through teledermatology in Eastern Indonesia”, is one of five laureates selected this year from 193 applications in 66 countries by an independent scientific committee of five dermatologists and ILDS board members.

Dr Marlous Grijsen, Post-doctoral Researcher at OUCRU Indonesia, was recently awarded the 2023 International Awards for Social Responsibility in Dermatology by L’Oréal, in partnership with the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) and the World Congress of Dermatology (WCD).  

The awards recognise dermatologists leading high-impact projects in three categories: prevention and education on skin health, improved quality of life and self-esteem for people facing skin issues, and access to care coverage and surgery.  

This award recognises the efforts that OUCRU Indonesia, in collaboration with Sumba Foundation and Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), have made to launch a teledermatology service in Sumba, Indonesia. This remote and economically underdeveloped island has a high burden of skin diseases. Since its launch, the platform has trained and supported 30 health workers with the intent to treat over 600 patients with a broad range of common and neglected skin diseases. Around 10,000 patients who presented with skin diseases have since benefitted from the initiative.   

Each winning project is awarded a €20,000 grant to fund its continuation. OUCRU Indonesia will use the grant for continuous education and training on common and neglected skin diseases, strengthening the quality of care for people, and increasing local capacity to deliver multidisciplinary healthcare services. 

Visit Marlous Grijsen and Yoppy Pieter project “The Invisible Burden of Leprosy in Indonesia.”

The full story is available on the OUCRU website.