About Us

Mission Statement

Skin Health for Everyone, Everywhere

Our mission is to connect dermatologists (and trainees) whose primary interests are focused on the advancement of skin health in resource-limited communities, locally and globally, through sustainable and integrated approaches to clinical care, education, research, policy, and advocacy.

Our Guiding Principles

  1. All people have access to appropriate care for diseases of the skin, regardless of age, gender, race, country of origin, location, and socioeconomic status (or no matter what barriers they face).
  2. Reducing the burden of skin disease in individuals, families, and communities through education, communication, prevention, and other public health measures.
  3. Providing access to training, support, and resources necessary for health providers to offer appropriate care of skin diseases for patients and communities.
  4. Communication and collaboration between health workers who are engaged in the activities supported by the mission of the International Alliance for Global Health Dermatology “GLODERM”.

    What we do?

    Fostering strategic alliances & help integrate dermatologic efforts with those of other community and global health organizations at the local, regional, national, and international levels
    Serving as a network for communication, education, information exchange, training, and advocacy among members of the medical and public health communities with regard to community and global health dermatology
    Promoting efforts to reduce the burden of skin diseases and injuries from a population health perspective and development of programs that improve capacity for dermatologic care at the population level
    Improve the dermatologic care at local, regional, national, and international levels, particularly among underserved or neglected populations
    Facilitating opportunities for medical students, residents, and practitioners to provide direct dermatologic service in communities with unmet health needs
    Develop recommendations for the education of practitioners and leaders in global & community health dermatology
    Encouraging collaboration, sharing knowledge, and mentoring leaders in global and community health dermatology
    Advancing the discipline of population-based medicine and public health in the practice of dermatology
    Translating efforts to improve dermatologic care at the individual level to dermatologic care at the population level

    Our Supporters

    International League of Dermatological Societies

    The ILDS is a unique umbrella organisation for professional dermatology organisations of all sizes. We represent dermatology at the highest level through our ‘official relations’ status with the World Health Organization (WHO), championing dermatology and skin health to ensure its inclusion in global health policy.

    International Foundation for Dermatology

    The International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD) was created in 1987 to carry out the humanitarian work of the ILDS, and supports projects in Africa, Asia Pacific and South America. The IFD is critical to helping ILDS achieve its goal of #SkinHealth4theWorld.


    CeraVe offers a complete line of skincare products that contain three essential ceramides enhanced with a revolutionary delivery system to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier.

    Ellis Foundation

    At the Ellis Foundation, we provide a way for private and corporate donors to make a positive financial impact on the lives of scholarship recipients by giving those with limited resources access to higher education.

    International Society of Dermatology

    The International Society of Dermatology was founded by Drs. Aldo Castellani and Frederick Reiss in 1959. The organization was initially the “International Society of Tropical Dermatology”. The Society had a particular interest in global dermatology and tropical skin diseases but also had a broad interest in all aspects of dermatology as basic sciences, venereology and public health and in teaching dermatology in developing countries.

    If you would like to learn more about how you can support GLODERM’s work please email us for more information.

    Current Leadership Team

    Dr. Karolyn (Kari) Wanat

    GLODERM Chair | USA

    Prof. Wendemagegn Enbiale

    GLODERM Vice-Chair | Ethiopia

    Dr. Esther Freeman


    Dr. Helmut Beltraminelli