The Department of Dermatology at ALERT hospital offers a full range of dermatologic care for both common and rare problems of skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.
All staff doctors in the Department of Dermatology are certified and many have subspecialty qualifications in the areas of genetics, immunology, oral disease, pathology, pediatrics, pharmacology, public health and surgery.
Dermatology specialists also have academic appointments in ALERT Training Center for teaching medical students and residents. They have special areas of expertise in which they conduct clinical research and advance the knowledge of the practice of dermatology.
People who need complex care for skin disorders may benefit from one of several specialty clinics offered by the Dermatology Clinic including, among others, rash, blistering diseases, bullous pemphigoid, burning mouth syndrome, connective tissue disease, contact dermatitis, cutaneous lymphoma, dermatitis, erythromelalgia, hair loss, hidradenitis suppurativa, infantile hemangioma, melanoma, pemphigus, pruritus, psoriasis, varicose veins and many more.
Launching Telemedicine Dermatology
The All African Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Center (ALERT) was established in 1932 to serve as a specialized clinical research and training center for Ethiopia, Africa and beyond on Leprosy, TB and other relevant infectious diseases. ALERT comprises of two big divisions; ALERT training division and ALERT Hospital. In delivering services, the center has managed to acquire recognitions from the provision of excellence in HIV/AIDS, TB/HIV, MDR-TB, Dermatology and Leprosy.
The training center has also established a state of the art video conference rooms that will be used video conferencing based training, telemedicine patient’s case consultation and blended e-Learning. In line with this, the training center has got a permission to use an infrastructure A high bandwidth Woreda-net and Health-net video, data and internet networks to access health professionals at their remote facilities.
On July 15, 2019 with the funding support obtained from the Federal MOH ( Grand Challenge Ethiopia ) , ALERT Center Department of Dermatology has launched Video conferencing based Tele-Dermatology to remote patients. Dermatologists / experts from ALERT center can easily be accessed from remote health facility to treat and consult complicated patients’ cases without the patients being here in Addis Ababa. Like the experience of other countries who adopt (ICT) digital health technology such as telemedicine in their health care system, the approach significantly reduces the patients’ referral rate. Beside it increases the accessibility of experts in this area from remote facilities where there is a limited availability of dermatologist.
The approach is in line with the Federal Ministry of Health HSTP objective of CB1: enhancing use of the existing technology, introduction of new innovative technology, technology transfer and development and use of local technology such as telemedicine. It also addresses finding better ways of doing things through more effective products, processes, services, technologies or ideas.