Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Epidemiology and management of common skin diseases in children in developing countries

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 54
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/05.12



Despite the high frequency of skin diseases in developing countries, they have so far not been regarded as a significant health problem in the development of public health strategies. This review provides comprehensive data on the epidemiology of the commonest skin disorders in a developing country environment, documents their health importance, describes measures that could be used to control them, and permits a rational consideration of the problem. The review was performed with a view to future integration of matters relating to skin diseases in children with IMCI programmes, and discusses possible approaches.