May 17, 2018

Mission, Goals & Objectives

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Outer Shell Africa Communications, a skin and appearance social lab strives for Physical, Mental, and Social Well-being of Sub-Saharan Africans living with non-communicable chronic Skin conditions, Disfiguring Appearances – Scars, Burns…, Body Image Issues and Stimulating Diversity in Skin Colour and Appearance.

At Outer Shell Africa Communications, a skin and appearance Social Lab, we fully understand how difficult and debilitating it can be to live with chronic skin conditions, disfiguring appearances and body image issues in our present society where supposedly ‘flawless skin/appearance’ trends and rules the beauty world.

Skin conditions, disfiguring appearances and body image issues in Africa, have a serious impact on people’s quality of life, causing lost productivity at work, school, socially and in life in general. Like every other community, people living with these conditions face stigma, shame, discrimination, isolation, exclusion and psycho-social challenges; however, prejudice, traditional/cultural beliefs, zero education and zero awareness intensifies these challenges in Africa.

Our Mission

Positive Body Image and Psycho-Social Well-being of Sub-Saharan Africans Living with Skin Conditions, Disfiguring appearances and Body Image Issues through Entertaining Media Productions/Communications, Teaching and Innovative Creative Arts & Tools.

Our Goals

  • Patient Empowerment

  • Inspire and build a Positive Body Image and Body Confidence of all living with non-communicable chronic Skin Conditions, disfiguring appearances and body image issues.

  • Conquer bullying through parents, support and improve the lives of children with non-communicable chronic skin conditions and disfiguring appearances.

  • Stimulating Diversity in Skin Colour and Appearance.
  • Public awareness/enlightenment.

Our Objectives

  • Active patient support and care.

  • Education, Awareness and Absolute Support for our beneficiaries in Sub-Saharan

    *to live the life they want mentally, socially and physically..

    *to raise greater empathy in the wider community while improving socioeconomic lives and rousing the attention of the health community.

  • To support and get involved in Psycho-social (Person-centric) Research and open to all Research.

  • Inspiring Healthy & Positive Behaviors towards individuals who look different in appearance.

Our Vision

A people empowered with positive body image, knowledge, open information and self-help guide on living confidently with chronic skin conditions, disfiguring appearance and body image matters.

When we are empowered, we:

  • Understand our health condition and its effect on our body.
  • Feel able to participate in decision-making with our healthcare professionals
  • Feel able to make informed choices about treatment.
  • Understand the need to make the necessary changes to our lifestyle for managing our condition.
  • Are able to challenge and ask questions of the healthcare professionals providing our care.
  • Take responsibility for our health and actively seek care only when necessary
  • Actively seek out, evaluate and make use of information.

Agrees totally with European Network on Patient Empowerment (ENOPE)