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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 42, n° 5P1
pages 833-835 (mai 2000)
Doi : 10.1067/mjd.2000.104796
Teledermatology as a new tool in sub-Saharan Africa: An experience from Tanzania

Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, MDa, b, Elisante John Masenga, MDa, Andreas Haeffner, MD, Günter Burg, MDb
Moshi, Tanzania, and Zürich, Switzerland 
From the Regional Dermatology Training Centre at KCMC, Moshi,a and the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Zürich.b 


Large areas of sub-Saharan Africa suffer a substantial lack of skin care. Hence teledermatology, meaning the online visual exchange of clinical and histologic data, could develop into a powerful medical resource. We report the first established teledermatologic connection in this area: between the Regional Dermatology Training Centre (RDTC) in Moshi, Northern Tanzania, and the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Zürich, Switzerland. This report illustrates local difficulties as well as the considerable potential of teledermatology in such a setting. (J Am Acad Dermatol 2000;42:833-5.)

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