Background

^2CCE5CE2C45710FF9BA632C0B775FBA92C52B86B6085653F21^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrOne of the most striking findings of the ethnobotanic surveys, conducted during 2007-2011 in the province of Sindh,
was very high prevalence of skin diseases, and related disorders. The high onset of skin diseases in Sindh was largely due to poverty, lack of clean water, poor sanitary conditions, malnutrition, insect, vector and inadequate access to specialized dermatological treatments. The most common skin diseases we observed during the survey included scabies, impetigo, superficial fungal infections, leishmania, and a variety of ulcers due to poor quality of food and water, negligence and lack of treatment. We also witnessed some chronic skin diseases, like psoriasis, that people just had not gotten checked out or treated because there was no doctor in the area. The most depressing thing that we noticed was in most of the areas they don’t have a female physician. Women have to travel four to six hours away from their homes to visit a female physician. Similarly, it was noted that rural population of the Province of Sindh is using a large number of plant remedies for the treatment of skin disorders.