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Message from the ASDV and DSSA

Dearest colleague

The 71st Annual Congress of the Dermatology Society of South Africa will be held in conjunction with the 2nd African Society of Dermatology and Venereology (ASDV) congress from the 30th August - 2nd September 2018 at the Durban ICC.

The ASDV 2018 is the first African Dermatology congress to be held in South Africa and promises to be an exciting one with parallel sessions catering for dermatologists in academia, the private and public sectors.

For the first time in South Africa, we will be sharing the latest trends and research in dermatology with colleagues from Africa and beyond. We have interest and support from colleagues in the USA, UK and Europe. The mandate of the combined meeting is to advance the specialty of dermatology in Africa, promote the highest standards of clinical practice, disease control programs, collaborative research and influence policy development in the African region.

Delegates from Africa and the rest of the world are excited to attend this meeting, which will be held on the Durban's Golden mile, a melting pot of cultures, on the east coast of South Africa. A number of workshops on vitiligo, dermatopathology, ethnic skin and hair disorders will add an African flavour to the meeting. Practical treatments and updates of skin diseases relevant in daily practice will be highlighted: infectious diseases, community dermatology, paediatric dermatology, dermatological surgery, eczema, skin cancers and aesthetics.

Message from the ASDV and DSSA

There is an exciting social programme with day tours, pre and post congress safaris and visits to traditional Zulu villages which can be arranged through the conference organisers. We expect more than 60 exhibitors to attend.

Members of the organizing committee are: Prof Ncoza Dlova (President), Prof Anisa Mosam (Deputy President), Dr Ayesha Akinkugbe, Dr Percy Naidu, Dr Nokubonga Khoza, Dr Noufal Raboobee, Dr Kiasha Govender, Dr Khanyi Dladla, Dr Levashni Naidoo, Dr Antoinette Chateau, Dr Zamambo Mkhize, Dr Koraisha Hoosen, Dr Patiswa Nombona, Dr Ndo Ngcobo, Dr Cebisile Sibisi, Dr Khumo Duze, Dr Lihle Zulu and Dr Gillian Lawrie.

The organizing committee invites all dermatologists, dermatology residents and family practitioners from Africa, and beyond, to attend.

We look forward to hosting you in Durban, the coolest and sunniest place in SA.



Prof Ncoza Dlova
Congress President
Prof Anisa Mosam
Chair Scientific Committee





Message from the President of ASDV

Distinguished guests, Executive Committee, Conference Organizers, Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen.

It's with immense pleasure, honour and humility that I take this opportunity to welcome you all to Durban, south Africa and to the second African society of Dermatology and Venerology conference.

I take this opportunity also to thank the organizing committee for the wonderful job they have done to make this conference a success. We envision a conference rich in scientific content encompassing the latest advances, information and innovations in the fields of Dermatology, Venerology, Aesthetics and Dermatosurgery.

The theme of this year's conference is "Dermatology for Africa". In line with the theme we gear to discuss problems that affect us and the accepted good practices. The aim is to impact knowledge in such a way that each delegate can put it into their practice and make Africa a better place.

We have invited renowned world and regional experts who will be sharing the latest discoveries and development as well as practice pearls in the field of Dermatology and Venerology.

I urge members and participants to interact maximally as well as enjoy the beautiful city of Durban.

Durban is a cosmopolitan city which is a tourists dream come true. It is a bustling cosmopolitan city with its unique natures and a vibrant multi cultural society where modern meets the tradition.

I therefore take this opportunity once again to thank and wish all a nice stay in Durban as we enhance the theme of this year's conference. "Dermatology for Africa".

Dr. Evanson N. Kamuri
President, ASDV




Message from the President of the SASDS

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
H.E. Luccock

It is with great excitement that we start elucidating on next year's congress...!

In line with our "Unity in Dermatology " theme of the past year, this collaborative event promises to be a joyous meeting of minds - and merging of knowledge- from throughout our African continent and beyond . Exciting academic contributions have been secured to enrich our national fraternity at multiple practical levels.

The SASDS/ University Stellenbosch Certification Courses in Surgery and Topicals + Cosmeceuticals will once again be offered as pre-congress events. There will a new addition in the category of Phlebology , whilst Aesthetics will entail individual masterclasses in the treatment of the Periorbital , Perioral and lip areas. Due to the 6:1 hands-on training format of the latter , numbers will be limited and early booking is advised. (details will be available on the SASDS website as of end January 2018)

To underscore our commitment to registrar training, both Basic Surgery and Business Skills sessions are being planned.

We hope to bring added value to our fraternity in the form of themed lecture sessions, with the incorporation of Controversies and interactive sessions to add an extra dynamic.

It brings great personal joy to harness so much international goodwill to the benefit of our special fraternity at the tip of Africa.

The 2018 SASDS/DSSA congress is going to be a symphony of knowledge - may we all play in this orchestra!

Izolda Heydenrych
President SASDS

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable
-Kenyan Proverb




Message from the President of the Vitiligo Society of South Africa

The Vitiligo Society of South Africa (VSSA) extends a warm welcome to all delegates of this very significant 2018 combined congress.
Vitiligo is a particular problem in the African continent, with prominent contrast between normal and involved skin, yet treatment options in Africa remain severely limited. We are optimistic that the treatments discussed during the congress will benefit the entire continent and beyond.
Since its inception, the VSSA has introduced new treatments for vitiligo each year. This year is no exception, with hair follicle grafting rising to the occasion.
We have an exciting line up of 3 well-known international vitiligo surgeons, Dr Davinder Parsad from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research in Chandigarh, Dr Somesh Gupta from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi and Dr Nilesh Goyal, hair transplant surgeon from Mumbai. Together they will perform live demonstrations of all the popular surgical techniques currently available for vitiligo. These include non-cultured melanocyte grafting, preparation of a cell suspension inside suction blisters and transplantation of intact hair follicles into vitiligo areas. These useful techniques can be applied equally to other situations requiring repigmentation eg surgical scars.
There will be a panel discussion around live patients on difficult-to-treat areas and recent advances in vitiligo will be addressed.
We hope to see you at the pre-congress vitiligo symposium and during the talks that follow, and of course, please take a moment to imbibe the sights and sounds of Durban.

Noufal Raboobee
President: Vitiligo Society of South Africa