The 2017 SkinPact Award winning projects

“The winning projects’ inspired visions can now become a reality, delivering significant improvements to the lives of many people reached by their work.”

The winning projects

Following a shortlist selected by the SkinPact Awards 2017 Expert Dermatologist Panel, a substantial number of votes were cast by supporters in the dermatology field to determine a winning project in each category. In addition to the community winning projects, the Expert Panel agreed a further project from each category. Each of the following winning initiatives has been awarded to realise the project:

Community Leadership

Projects under this category should take a fresh and sustainable approach to improving the lives of patients with skin conditions

Community Vote:


Partners In Leprosy Action (PILA): a community skin health strategy as a combined approach to detecting skin-related neglected tropical diseases

Dr. Belen Lardizabal Dofitas
Philippines Leprosy Mission, Inc., Philippines

Expert Panel Choice:


Project proposal for water treatment to mitigate arsenic pollution in different arsenic affected villages of West Bengal

Dr. Pradip Kumar Das & Dr. Suhas Bhattacharya
Swasthya Bhabna Welfare Organization, India

Excellence in Education

Projects under this category should be aimed at educating healthcare and public communities about skin health issues in a sustainable manner

Community Vote:


SCHISTO DERE LAKSI: A community-wide education on the schistosomal rash for early detection in endemic Philippine province using film and comic book

Dr. Mirla Celina Taira
Philippine Leprosy Society, Philippine Dermatology Society, Philippines

Expert Panel Choice:


Innovation in undergraduate dermatology education using mobile technology

Dr. Gayle Fischer, Dr. Saxon D Smith & Dr. Philippa Dickinson 
Department of Dermatology, Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia