Skin diseases highlighting essential global public health priorities

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  • Aldo Morrone MD,

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    1. From the San Gallicano Institute, Department of Preventive Medicine for Migrations, Tourism and Tropical Dermatology, Rome, Italy
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  • Luigi Toma MD, PhD,

    1. From the San Gallicano Institute, Department of Preventive Medicine for Migrations, Tourism and Tropical Dermatology, Rome, Italy
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  • Gennaro Franco MD

    1. From the San Gallicano Institute, Department of Preventive Medicine for Migrations, Tourism and Tropical Dermatology, Rome, Italy
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Correspondence A. Morrone, MD Tourism and Tropical Dermatology Istituto San Gallicano Via di San Gallicano 25/a 00153 Rome Italy E-mail: morrone@ifo.it

Abstract

Which are the essential global public health activities that should be carried out in order to attain the largest impact on poverty reduction and health improvement in the world? Since its foundation in 2001 the Human Mobile Population Committee (HMPC) has continued to devote its efforts to finding answers to this question, with a particular focus on the skin diseases of the Human Mobile Population (HMP) and other groups of disadvantaged people.

In this article we present the model of socio-sanitary activity in the field of Migration, Poverty and Health of the Department of Preventive Medicine of Migration, Tourism and Tropical Dermatology (Dept.) at San Gallicano Institute – Research Institute for Hospitalization and Treatment (IRCCS) – in Rome (Italy).

The activities of this dermatological centre are in the spirit of the HMPC's aims and we are of the opinion that this model is not only ethically valid, but also practically and economically convenient, and that there is evidence that our experience is worth repeating, in as many situations as possible, in the interest of public health.

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