@ Vikas Sharma | Sr Journalist
New Delhi: Indian Women’s Dermatologic Society(IWDA), an association comprising of eminent as well as budding dermatologists from all over the country, with a vision to empower women, organised a free health camp under their ambitious project
“Global women’s shelter initiative” on 30th march 2019, at Shakti Shalini women’s shelter home for underprivileged women.
The ‘Women’s Shelter initiative’ was first taken up in United States of America in 2018 by the “Women’s Dermatologic Society”, under the presidency of Dr Pearl E. Grimes. Dr. Rashmi Sarkar, President, IWDA, envisioned a similar project for Indian women and made this initiative truly global.
Women at the shelter were given health tips on skin care and maintaining hygiene in day to day life. They were explained about the irrational use of steroids, harmful effects of over the counter drugs and fairness creams and importance of menstrual hygiene. They were educated about nutrition and food items essential for a wholesome diet. They were encouraged to incorporate this knowledge in their daily lives as well as spread awareness in the society.
They were also provided with a goody-bag comprising of essential skin care products.
IWDA under the leadership of its president Dr. Rashmi Sarkar, aims at:
1. Working with underprivileged women
2. Teaching them skin care, healthy nutrition, self care and social skills
3. Elevate public understanding of their mental and physical issues
4. Empower them to become their own best versions, both inside and outside.
For the same, the founders at shakti shalini felicitated Dr Rashmi Sarkar for this ambitious philanthropic initiative. She said a few but powerful words during the acceptance –
‘We had an amazing day interacting with the residents here and we shall take up similar projects with other shelter homes around the country and IWDA will try to help and uplift as many women in need as possible. We are aiming at quarterly camps and will continue to work hard to make this successful. We want to help these women find the strength within themselves to start anew confidently, with a sense of well-being and self-respect.
Dr Grimes accompanied Dr Sarkar and her team, including Dr Latika Arya, Dr Sonali Langar, Dr Surabhi Sinha, Dr Richa Ojha Sharma, Dr Atula Gupta and Dr Pallavi Ailawadi, during the Indian leg of the global project.