When dermatologists Grace Bandow and Samar Jaber arrived at a Syrian refugee camp in 2014, they were surprised to learn many of the ailments affecting patients in the dry, hot, exposed desert could be easily relieved with a very simple product: Vaseline.
Bandow and Jaber published their findings in a Washington Post article, and Vaseline took notice. It signed on the two dermatologists as advisors to “The Vaseline Healing Project”.
The Vaseline Healing Project is an aid effort in partnership with the Direct Relief organisation to provide medical supplies and dermatological care including Vaseline Jelly needed to help the skin health of people affected by poverty or emergencies around the world.
Direct Relief is a nonprofit organisation that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest. Direct Relief works with healthcare professionals and organisations on the ground and equips them with the essential medicines and supplies they need to help people recover.
Preventable skin conditions keep people from doing ordinary things like attending work or school. Simply providing the right over-the-counter treatments or personal care products can go a long way, instilling dignity and confidence in those living in the wake of crisis and disaster.
The mission of the Vaseline Healing Project is to help heal the skin of 5 million people by 2020. Vaseline will donate products to people in need through Direct Relief’s kit programs and global network of healthcare organisations and clinics, sponsoring dermatologists to go on medical missions to treat people affected by crisis or emergency and developing training for community health workers to help properly diagnose and treat skin conditions
How you can help:
From April until July, you can make a difference by purchasing a Vaseline Jelly or Vaseline Lotion product, as each pack will donate to Direct Relief to help provide skin relief to those living in extraordinary circumstances.