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1. Purpose of the website
Africanskindiseases is an educational website designed to provide access to information and high quality dermatology images of common African skin diseases. This website is meant to be a practical guide for general practitioners, health care workers, students and all other health workers in Africa

This website is based on

  • 1. Chapter 8 of the thesis ‘Skin diseases among schoolchildren in Africa’ (ISBN: 978-94-6191-497-2) by Arjan Hogewoning, Sjan Lavrijsen and Colette van Hees.
  • 2. ‘Common Skin Diseases in Africa. An illustrated Guide’ by Colette van Hees and Ben Naafs (ISBN/EAN: 978-90-808016-2).
  • 3. 'HIV Related Skin Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Afirca. An illustrated guide' by Merja Kousa,
    and Cornelus Sanders Kopijyvä Oy, Jyväskylä 2006 (ISBN:952-92-0163-X)
  • 4. Dermatological Preparations for the Tropics. A formulary of dermatological preparations and background information on choices, production and dispensing.
    (2012) Peter Bakker, Herman Woerdenbag, Vincent Gooskens, Ben Naafs, Rachel van der Kaaij and Nicolien Wieringa (ISBN: 978-90-367-5698-3)

There is some overlap in text and illustrations. However ‘Skin diseases among children in Africa’ focuses specifically on children, and on epidemiology. Illustrations were provided by Arjan Hogewoning, Sjan Lavrijsen, Colette van Hees, Ben Naafs, Johan van der Stek and Rosemarie Moser. The website was built using Mediawiki

2. Copyright
The entire content of this site is subject to copyright protection. These materials may not be sold or redistributed for profit in any way without express written permission of the editors.

May I use your images for...?
All of our images are strictly protected by copyright laws. will take legal actions in cases of copyright violation. Any commercial usage of our images must be purchased. Please read the copyright information below if you are unsure whether in your case usage of the image is free or not. If you want to "order" an image,
contact the Africanskindiseases team.

May I use your images on my webpage?
Such usage is strictly prohibited. Instead, use a hyperlink to the respective URL. Our URLs are stable for the diagnosis and image pages. If you wish to purchase an image for use on your webpage the source must be acknowledged. For payment details contact the Africanskindiseases team .

May I "frame" your content?
Usually NOT, but in certain cases we may grant exceptions. Please ask the Africanskindiseases team .

May I use your images in my lecture?
Yes,if you are a non-commercial, educational institution (such as a university), we grant the right to reproduce the images e.g. as slides or to publicly display the images free of charge. No prior approval is necessary. If you are a commercial institution (pharmaceutical industry etc.) we ask you to contact the Africanskindiseases team

May I use your images in my scientific (scholary) article?
Yes, if you are the author of a research or educational paper which is published in a scientific journal (listed by the Institute for Scientific Information ISI), we usually grant the right to reproduce any image on request, provided that you acknowledge the source. However, you are not allowed to transfer any copyrights to the publisher.

May I use your images in my book / book chapter?
If you are the author of a book, ask the publisher to contact us to obtain one-time non-exclusive usage right for that image.

3. Advertisement
This website does not accept advertisement.

4. Confidentiality
Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to a medical/health website, including their identity, is respected by this website.

5. Funding
Africanskindiseases is not commercially funded, and was created by the team on a non-profit basis.

6. team
The quality of the content is monitored by a group of Dutch dermatologists with a special interest in tropical dermatology, all members of the Dutch Tropical Dermatology Working Group.

The doctors:

  • Sjan (APM) Lavrijsen, Dr. med., project coordinator, editor, dermatologist, Leiden University Medical Center.
  • Arjan (A.A.) Hogewoning, Dr. med., project coördinator, editor, dermatologist, Leiden University Medical Center.
  • Colette (C.L.M.) van Hees, Dr. med., editor, dermatologist, Erasmus Medisch Centrum, Rotterdam
  • Jan Nico (J.N.) Bouwes Bavinck, Dr. med., editor, dermatologist, Leiden University Medical Center.
  • Cornelus (C.J.G.) Sanders, Dr. med., editor, dermatologist University Medical Center Utrecht.
  • Ben (B) Naafs, Dr. med., dermatologist Regional Dermatology Training Centre at KCMC.
  • Karin Houtman, Dr. med, resident Dermatology, Leiden University Medical Center.

Site Architecture and Content Management

  • Thomas Donker, photographer Leiden University Medical Center, Technical project coordinator, site-design, -programming, and –maintenance.

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Tel. +31 (0)71-5262421

Fax +31(0)71-5248106


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