Fondation Pierre Fabre

Delivering the high-end dermatology service to people in remote area who have no access to the service

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

Dermatology Department Of Mongolian National University of Medical Science

The institution known as the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences was founded in 1942 as the Medical Faculty of the Mongolian State University. This marked the beginning of the history of modern medical science and practice in Mongolia.

Sector: Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Country of origin: Mongolia

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The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Dermatology

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 01/06/2015

Initiative end date

  • 01/06/2020


Financing method

  • NGO

Economic model(s)

  • Donations

About the initiative

Mongolia has a vast area of 1.5 million km² and only three million people. Half of the population has very limited access to specialized medical services like dermatology due to low family income and long distance to the medical facilities. In Mongolia average distance to specialized medical facilities is 200 km. There are 330 Villages in 21 Provinces with only two or three family doctors.

By implementing this service, communities in remote areas get an access to specialized dermatologist service. This service reach most remote area of Mongolia.

The University Department of Dermatology has created web server and DERMA app, dedicated to tele-expertise. Within this initiative, each family doctor has received a smartphone with DERMA app. The physician can send information about his patient’s skin condition through a “step by step” questionnaire on his smartphone. The dermatologist can send back diagnosis, treatment method and recommendation to the village doctor within 24 hours. All the messages from dermatologist are accessible on the village doctor's smartphone. This service aims to improve diagnosis and care of dermatologic conditions in remote areas and to decrease the cost and the duration for the patient.

Field report of the initiative

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Entire population

Initiative objectives

  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

5633 Number of beneficiaries since launch

30 Number of users per Week

Materials used

  • Smartphone

Technologies used

  • Internet

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization