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AGENTS OF CHANGE

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The 'Agents of Change' AD Challenge is a global grants initiative seeking community-driven ideas that help solve some of the greatest challenges impacting those living with atopic dermatitis (AD).

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The 'Agents of Change' AD Challenge

Each year, a new 'Agents of Change' AD Challenge is launched on World Atopic Dermatitis Day (14 September) aiming to tackle a specific issue faced by the AD community by harnessing the power of collaboration, working hand-in-hand with innovators and non-profits to enable tangible change.

The 'Agents of Change' AD Challenge has received 155 contributions from 36 countries since its inception, helping fund 16 new projects around the world.

As a result, non-profit organisations have been able to make an even greater difference in the lives of people with AD in their local communities.

155 contributions, 36 countries, 16 projects funded

"Sometimes what you feel or what you are going through is the same as many others. They all may need support. We are stronger together."

Day by Day Chronic (CDD), Brazil (2020 Grant Recipient)

How it works

Ideas are reviewed by a panel of experts made up of global leaders from the AD community, as well as representatives from Sanofi and Regeneron.

A select number are chosen each year to receive a grant of up to $10,000 each to bring their idea to life.

Our panel of experts:

Navdeep Gosal

Developer of "Eczema Tracker", a free app-based solution to help patients track and manage symptoms, and the mother of a child living with AD.

Africa Luca de Tena Smith

Director of Communication for the Association of People Affected by Atopic Dermatitis in Spain and living with severe AD herself.

Tammi Shipowick

Programs Director at the International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organisations, also known as GlobalSkin.

This initiative represents just one part of our continued commitment to addressing the unmet needs of the global AD community and empowering people impacted by AD to demand more from their care.

Community

We believe we can all be Agents of Change in helping people living with AD around the world tackle some of their greatest challenges.

2021 Challenge Theme:

Helping reduce the impact of AD on family life.

When a child has AD, they're not the only ones impacted. Caregivers and family members face constant difficulties as well. From daily tasks, like getting the child dressed and organising activities, to long-term burdens, like sleeplessness and psychological stress, families with AD experience many challenges.1,2

It's clear families with AD need more support and now is the time to act. That's why the 2021 'Agents of Change' AD Challenge was focused on helping reduce the impact of AD on family life.

2021 Grant Recipients:

Changing the narrative of children with AD

By Partnership Coalition of Patients Organisations with Chronic Disease, Romania

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A theatre play, highlighting stories of children living with AD and their struggles to raise awareness of the disease and help reduce discrimination in schools.

Helping Hands

By Shulamit Burstein in partnership with The Israeli Association for Atopic Dermatitis, Israel

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Offering a pool of trained and motivated volunteers to help families with AD, giving attention to the child living with AD and caregivers a moment of relief.

A children's book to empower pediatric patients

By Living with Allergy Association, Turkey

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A children's book for newly diagnosed patients, their caregivers, siblings and friends, that helps them understand the seriousness of AD.


Eczema Group Hug

By Global Parents for Eczema Research, U.S.

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An online marketplace connecting families living with AD to nannies/babysitters with experience and training in caring for AD patients.

The Atopic Dermatitis Caregivers Academy

By GAAPP, Austria

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A series of multi-language videos to educate caregivers and family members who face an AD diagnosis.

"We need our community to understand the impact of AD and join us in providing support and understanding."

Eczema SUPPORT Australia, Australia (2019 Grant Recipient)

Previous Challenges

2020 Challenge Theme:

Helping people navigate the daily unpredictability of AD and enabling others to better understand the realities they face.

2020 Grant Recipients:

AD Diary

By Društvo Atopijski Dermatitis, Slovenia

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Encouraging people living with AD to write about their experience in an online diary, and organising a support group for participants to meet virtually to share what they've written.

Making School Life Easier and More Inclusive

By Eczema Outreach Support, UK

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Offering children and adolescents with eczema the chance to meet their potential at school through a package of support and training, helping build their communication, confidence, and self-management skills.

AD is Uncertain. So is Life.

By Day by Day Chronic (CDD), Brazil

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An AD awareness content hub that gathers patients testimonials in video and photo form to promote understanding and exchange experiences with peers.

Radio Program for Teens

By The French Eczema Association, France

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A radio broadcast in which teens discuss their personal experience living with AD and get answers and recommendations from dermatologists.

Elewa Health

By Elewa Health, Tanzania

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Training a group of village health teams to facilitate workshops centered on AD and its associated challenges for patients, family members, and caregivers.

#SkinSoldiers

By The Eczema Association of Australasia Inc, Australia

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A social media campaign to raise awareness about people living with AD, and the debilitating effect that the condition can have on their mental health.

2019 Challenge Theme:

Addressing bullying or stigma experienced by people living with AD.

2019 Grant Recipients:

Art and literacy contest focused on 'My Skin My Pain'

By Atopika, Slovenia

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An international art competition inviting children, teenagers and adults with AD, as well as those who have bullied someone with AD, to submit a piece of artwork that brings to life their disease.

Sharing AD 'Life Stories' to raise awareness

By Eczema SUPPORT Australia, Australia

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Promoting understanding of those living with and impacted by AD through the creation of a “Life Stories” video series, depicting the experience of adolescents with AD.

Youth-Led Education and Awareness Campaign

By Global Parents for Eczema Research, U.S.

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To tackle the bullying experienced by people living with AD, GPER proposed to launch an AD awareness campaign on popular teen communication platforms such as Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media.


Early Screening of Children with Atopic Dermatitis and Interventions

By JAMII LIGHT UP, Tanzania

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Introducing screening for children with AD in existing immunization clinics in local communities to ensure appropriate training and support is offered to families impacted by the skin disease.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors as Agents of Change

By The Diana Award, UK

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Identifying and training a young person with AD to become an “Anti-Bullying Ambassador” and deliver anti-bullying training in up to 10 selected schools.

Understanding AD

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References

  1. Zuberbier T, Orlow S and Paller A. Patient perspectives on the management of atopic dermatitis, J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2006;118(1):226-232.

  2. Barbarot Sebastien, et al. 2020. The Family Impact of Atopic Dermatitis (AD) in Children Aged 6–11 Years: A Cross-Sectional Study in the United States (US), Canada, Europe, and Japan. American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, USA. March 20 24, 2020. Poster Abstract ID: 15021.