Projected into the social in favor of weaker people

A group of friends, many of whom gather around the activities of the Department of Tropical Dermatology and Preventive Medicine for Migration at San Gallicano Institute, Rome, share a certain vision of the world and decide to found an association in order “to put into practice” some of the ideas that link them.

As a result we have in 2002 the onset of activities of the International Institute of Social Medical and Anthropological Sciences (I.I.S.M.A.S.), an active Onlus in the field of the medical research and anthropological and social sciences.

The Institute is till today involved in numerous plans for the poor populations of Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia, and it promotes in Italy the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases that affect some social groups, particularly weak, of the population with particular regard to immigrates, gipsies, prostitutes, victims of torture, asylum seekers and low-income elderly, often also non self-sufficient.

With the sponsorship of the Ministry of Health of Tigray (Tigray’s Health Bureau) and the San Gallicano Institute of Rome, the Association supported the clinical and didactic activity of prevention and scientific search in the Civilian Hospital of Mekele in Ethiopia, in the years between 2002 and 2007. In this area he organized and conducted the first two editions of the International Congress - Dermatological Care for All, Mekele in 2006 and Addis Ababa and Mekele in 2007.


Collaboration with the Tigray's Health Bureau continued in the years 2008-2010 together with the National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (NIHMP) in order to contribute to the improvement of the health conditions of the population of the Tigray region by enhancing the cure, diagnosis and prevention of infectious and diffuse diseases in support of the public health service of the Mekele district, with particular regard to the fight against AIDS and dermatological diseases such as complications of pre-existing and neglected pathologies. In this context, the third and fourth edition of the International Congress - Dermatological Care for All in 2009 and 2010 were held in Addis Ababa and Mekele.

IISMAS in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute of Haematology, Axum University and  Tigray’s Health Bureau organized the fifth edition of the International Congress – “Blood and Skin new perspectives for neglected diseases”, in Addis Ababa, Aksum and Shiraro in 2015.

The Association has collaborated with the NGO Hansenians’ Ethiopian and Eritrean Welfare Organisation H.E.W.O.) in Ethiopia for the realization of social-health services, provided free of charge for the person suffering from Hansen’s disease, dermatological diseases, TB, AIDS.


Moreover, it collaborates with NGO Shukrodaya Animation Centre in India for a plan about the promotion of the health for person of the poorest groups of the population in the city of Mysore and it supports the formation activities on the health in a perspective of comparison with holistic tradition of the Indian medicine.

It collaborates with the University of Buenos Aires in a programme of formative exchange for the doctors who work in the field of the international dermatology.

In collaboration with “Proyecto de Expediciones Medicales”, in Perù, the Institute promotes a research and medical activity project aimed at fighting against the dermatological pathologies affecting the native populations in Peruvian Amazonia.

The Institute is open to the collaboration of any person willing to contribute ideas, projects and experiences.

It is possible to send donations through the Banca Prossima IBAN Code IT68Q0335901600100000125030 or to sponsor the events organized by IISMAS.