The First International Conference on Tropical Dermatology (ICTD)
Dr. Janaka Akarawita
(Past President SLCD and Chairperson Organizing Committee ICTD 2016)
Tropical Dermatoses encompass a wide array of dermatological problems that are unique, more widespread, prove more difficult to treat and control, in tropical and subtropical regions. However, the term Tropical Dermatoses cannot be sharply defined. For example centuries ago leprosy was much prevalent in temperate countries though now it is considered as one of the major tropical dermatoses.
Not only the unique environmental and biological aspects, but the economic, social and cultural aspects also are different in the tropics. Despite their varied economic, political, and social histories, except few, most of the tropical countries remain as developing nations with lower economic growth rates due to many complex reasons. As a result, overcrowding and poor hygienic living conditions are major concerns regarding the tropical diseases. As 40% of world populations live in the tropics, the burden on health systems due to these diseases is enormous.
Glimpses from the ICTD 2016
Thoughts about the ICTD 2016
There is no doubt that I would wish to return
Tropical Dermatology includes a large variety of dermatological diseases that are unique and widespread in tropical and subtropical regions. Millions are know to suffer from these diseases.
As the number of travellers to tropical and subtropical destinations has been continuously rising, the number of skin illnesses has also been increasing. This means that dermatologists need to extend their knowledge of epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis and new treatments in tropical dermatology.
In August 2016 I’ve attended the first International Conference on Tropical Dermatology, in Colombo, Sri Lanka as delegate and speaker. The conference spanned four days including a Clinical Case Demonstration on the last day. It was a great success.
The lectures delivered by world leaders on tropical dermatology, were of high scientific and practical value. Gladly, I’ve managed to find some time to explore Colombo as well as other parts of beautiful Sri Lanka. There is no doubt that I would wish to return to this beautiful island!
I greatly appreciate the initiative
Bombay Leprosy Project,,
I greatly appreciate the initiative and efforts taken by Sri Lanka College of Dermatologists to organize the First International Conference of Tropical Dermatology in the year 2016 in Colombo bringing together several experts on various tropical diseases to discuss and deliberate on issues and topics of Tropical and Clinical Dermatology which is now also considered under neglected tropical diseases and it was an unique experience for me to have had the opportunity to participate and share my experience.
I was also impressed by the fact that the Organizers arranged a special focused practical session taking pains and efforts to present several clinical cases with the patients and experts coming together to give their views and suggestions on further management, which was a truly learning experience for all the delegates and participants and hence this Conference was indeed unique as it turned out to be fully learning and enriching experience.
I plan to attend and participate in the second edition of this Conference in August 2020 and I am sure the second ICTD will be much more enriching and a great academic feast and I look forward to the same.
One of the best organized sessions I have attended.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences,,
The clinical symposium at the first ICTD was one of the best organized sessions I have attended anywhere in the world. There was a wide variety of patients with tropical dermatological diseases ranging from the classical to the challenging followed by an in-depth discussion of selected cases. I am looking forward to the second edition and would strongly recommend it to any student of the subject.