Patient Support Groups
Through our activities inspire and establish active patient support groups to connect physically and technologically for self renewal, individual support, social inclusion, and deep community connection.
Our interest is Psychosocial Research (Person-centric) which is fundamentally important to study conditions/challenges from a subjective stance to understand patients/individuals lived-through experiences with Skin conditions and Visible differences.
Share Your Story
As we work, our main goal is to understand the problem space from the point of view of the patients and the affected. Stories we share help inspire new thinking and possibilities.
Walk for Skin Health (WASH)
WASH is awareness and enlightenment campaigns of Skin conditions, appearance related concerns and their link to general health.
Outer Shell Africa – OUTER SHELL is an independent, patient-centered dynamic social change lab. A social enterprise where creative minds meet to address systemic challenges and psycho-social needs of people with Skin conditions and Appearance related concernss.
Outer Shell is on the quest for inventive sustainable models that are patient-centered and moves from the focus ‘skin care’, ‘cosmetic’ and ‘beauty’ to a broader focus on “Social Wellness.”
Inventive way to serve
Green Self-confidence & Positive self-image
Patient centered model
Broader Focus on Social Wellness
Dr. Andrew Thompson
We wish to work with you! We are building our team, and looking for creative young minds enthusiastic about what we do.
This is much needed for better enlightenment of the urgent need of patient empowerment through patient support groups in Nigeria and Africa. I remember being asked recently, who is a Patient leader and what can patient groups do without medical/health community? IAPO member Danjuma Adda, Executive Director at Center for Initiative and Development (CFID)/ Chagro-Care Read more about An African perspective of patient empowerment[…]
Skin conditions and diseases continue to be neglected, underestimated, and written off as problems that are not life-threatening. But this leaves the dangers of harmful skin-bleaching treatments—which are ubiquitous in Nigeria, across Africa, and among dark-skinned individuals around the world—largely unrecognized. The World Health Organization published an assessment on skin bleaching in 2011, which stated that 77 Read more about Why I think Skin Bleaching should be treated as Public Health Concerns.[…]
Do you experience a loss of confidence in social situations due to a visible difference in appearance? Individuals with visible difference commonly experience appearance-related social worry. There are limited resources to help people with appearance-related distress, so internet-provided self-help interventions may be beneficial. An online self-help intervention based upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has Read more about Do you experience a loss of confidence in social situations?[…]
Hi! My name is Moyo Fagbenro and I have Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus). It’s a chronic condition where the immune system attacks the body and can affect any organ. My skin was the first organ under attack….I lost all my hair and have skin lesions all over visible areas – face and arms… It may Read more about I have Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)[…]
*MY BATTLE WITH SCLERODERMA* When Abiola Segun- Williams, Tinsel actress who has also featured in many movies, walked into my office this year, it took a lot of effort for me to conceal my shock. She looked so lean and frail. She could barely talk but managed to whisper. Her skin had patches on them. Read more about *MY BATTLE WITH SCLERODERMA*[…]
Our first Positive Self-image Intervention event …. Positive self-image Interventions is genuine Self-Confidence innovative workshops with informal presentations of real life stories/experiences of conquerors. Is your condition, body image and visible differences affecting your career, business, and journey of life…? Is your child or spouse body image issues affecting your life? Are you feeling socially excluded? Are you socially Read more about First Positive Self-image Intervention[…]
Skin Health: New Insights from a Rare Disease Reblogged from National Institute of Health By Dr. Francis Collins Courtesy of Keith Choate, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT Skin is the largest organ in the human body, yet we often take for granted all of the wonderful things that it does to keep us healthy. Read more about Skin Health: New Insights from a Rare Disease[…]
OVERCOMING TOGETHER, TRANSFORMING LIVES FOREVER My name is Sarah Jatto and I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition, called Scleroderma, at nineteen years old. What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease (the body’s immune system attacking healthy tissue) with no known cause or cure. Yep! I’m stuck with it, until my miracle happens. Read more about Me and Scleroderma[…]
Onyinye will make the fifth person living with the genetic condition, Lamellar ichthyosis that I am meeting without going public yet with this our innovative initiative. As I listen to her very pathetic story, as I watch her fight tears, I cannot really understand or stop wondering why a particular area of health, is this neglected Read more about Met with Onyinye living with Lamellar ichthyosis[…]
Funmilayo, the Lonely girl I walked in and there she was playing by herself, I called her and she just greeted and continued playing while Yaqub got me introduced to her and all others in their office. I could not stop at anything, but to get her attention. She looked at me and smiled Read more about Funmilayo, the Lonely girl[…]