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The Regional Dermatology Training Centre or RDTC, in Moshi Tanzania was created in 1992 as a partnership between the Tanzanian Ministry of Health (MoHSW), the Good Samaritan Foundation (GSF) and the International Foundation of Dermatology (IFD). The principle objective of the Centre is the care of skin, leprosy and HIV/AIDs and other STIs disease seen in the locality combined with training leaders of skin health care at front line level, usually through a two year MUHAS based Advanced Diploma course.
The Advanced Diploma in Dermato-Venereology (ADDV) course has so far trained 242 community dermatologists from 15 different countries; a further 17 trainees are currently enrolled. The course combines practical clinical expertise in all the major diseases affecting the skin and their public health implications as well as problems in sexual health and leprosy. The students also perform health systems research (HSR) projects as part of their training and these provide a unique insight into prevalence, need and demand for health care at community level. A second training programme (M.Med) provides a four year specialist training in Dermato-Venereology for junior doctors and this is now a training pathway recognized for specialist accreditation in dermatology by many African countries. With time other facilities such as a library, a pharmaceutical compounding and dispensing unit, a student hostel, accommodation for visiting teaching faculty have been added to the Centre. The RDTC has a principal and Vice principal helped by a small team of doctors and visiting teaching faculty which has allowed the development of Special Programmes and Services (SPS) such as the Comprehensive Care Programme for Persons withAlbinism(CCPPWA), Dermatopathology and Dermato-surgery services.
RDTC is located at KCMC Hosital compound in Moshi Kilimanjaro in the northern zone of Tanzania. The zone has diverse geophysical features, occupation, and human ethnicity that may contribute to disease characteristics. .lies on the foot of mountain Kilimanjaro, within a 30-min
Among the latest building initiatives are two inpatient wards, which will be linked to other facilities such as a plastic surgery and burns unit. In addition the RDTC constructed a new building, the Care Unit for Persons with Albinism (CUPWA) where local manufacture of sunscreens and skills training workshops takes place. This will provide a focus for the expanding programme to help PWA.
Whilst sited in Tanzania the RDTC has international responsibility regarding the care of skin conditions, HIV and other STIs diseases. Every year in January a Continuous Medical Education (CME) event takes place at the RDTC.The CME isattended by many of the former graduates of the ADDV and MMed courses as well as a large number of participants from other African countries and from overseas. TheRDTC Advisory Board, meets annually every second week of January before the CME.