Michael Kinyanjui (Secretary) and Dr Hoseah Waweru (Chairman) of the Psoriasis Association of Kenya send in this report on World Psoriasis Day 2006 activities from Kenya:
In line with the resolutions made at the World Psoriasis Day meeting in Stockholm in early June, 2006, the Psoriasis Association of Kenya (PAK) drew up a list of activities to be done as part of the 2006 World Psoriasis Day celebration.
In preparation for the launch of a PAK Medical Advisory Council and to raise awareness of the World Psoriasis Day initiative, highlights of the 1st World Psoriasis Conference and the recent World Psoriasis Day meeting were presented to dermatologists in Nairobi on 20 July.
The PAK Medical Advisory Council itself was launched at a dinner sponsored by the Psoriasis Association of Kenya on 03 August 2006; in attendance were members of the Kenya Association of Dermatologists (KAD). Four dermatologists practising in Nairobi were appointed to the board of the Advisory Council and as part of the 2006 celebration a "Highlights of World Psoriasis Day" was given.
There were many radio broadcasts aired for World Psoriasis Day 2006:
The "Psoriasis Overview" brochure was uploaded on the PAK website on 15 August 2006.
The PAK Annual General Meeting was held on 09 September - World Psoriasis Day highlights and aims were discussed in the meeting and members had a chance of signing the WPD petition manually since most of them do not have access to internet.
For World Psoriasis Day, the PAK sponsored its members to participate in the "greatest race on earth": the Nairobi Marathon as part of WPD celebration. Images of WPD posters and banners displayed by the PAK participants were shown in leading electronic and print media.
The PAK presence in the marathon generated a lot of interest about psoriasis among the general public and media.
There were many more activities planned to celebrate World Psoriasis Day 2006 but not all could be achieved e.g. newspaper, television and magazine spots and medical camps.
The measurement of our 2006 success is ongoing and encompasses:
The monitoring is to be completed on 30 December 2006.