The Vaseline Healing Project

South Africa

Training where it matters most

An urgent need for skincare

Due to the prevalence of HIV in the region, 85% of patients come to public clinics with dermatological issues1. But there are just 30 trained dermatologists in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to serve a community of 10.7 million people2 - and this is typical of many regions in South Africa. Most nursing staff learn dermatology techniques from their colleagues on the ward; formal dermatology training is extremely rare.

Prof Dlova chats and laughs with the attending nurses.

"Today's training is exciting... the first of its kind."

Prof Dlova, Head of Dermatology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

The importance of training

The Vaseline® Healing Project trained 372 medics over the course of four days. Lectures and training clinics were held by leading local dermatologist Prof Ncoza Dlova. Hands-on experience and training means that more nurses can identify and help treat skin earlier - before conditions become more damaging or complex.

A video summary of the Healing Project training event, including interviews with Prof Dlova and Dr Mosa from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

After the training, medics returned to their work, caring for their local community.

A preview of a 360 image of a nurse playing football in the township.

One of the nurses who received training shows off a different set of skills to local children in the township where she works.

1 & 2 University of KwaZulu-Natal data, 2016

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Through the Vaseline® Healing Project we have helped heal the skin of

4,309,137 people

Our target is to help 5,000,000 people affected by poverty or emergencies by 2020.

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