The Greenland Experience from a Dermatologist

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Providing health care in Greenland is a major challenge. Spanning 2,600 km from north to south and 1,050 km from east to west, Greenland is the largest island in the world. Greenland has the lowest population density on the globe. The current population of Greenland in 2022 totals 56,466 inhabitants, and 19,394 people live in Nuuk alone. People live along the coastline, as the inner part of Greenland is covered with a permanent ice cap. There are 18 “larger“ settlements and 120 small villages. No roads exist between these cities, and travelling between cities requires transportation by helicopter, airplane, boat, snowmobile or even dog sled. The weather conditions in Greenland can be extreme in wintertime. Since most of the country is located north of the Arctic Circle, and due to the Arctic climate, temperatures regularly fall to –30 to –40°C and can even drop to –70°C in the coldest places. Besides the cold, Arctic
storms, gale winds, heavy fog, and snowstorms can complicate travelling from one city to another
This talk focus on access to specialized care for Indigenous Groups with special focus on skindiseases among the Inuit’s in Greenland. Challenges are associated with access to care and challenges associated with diagnosis and treatment.