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Zimbabwean medical student creates handbook for future doctors to help them recognise conditions on black skin

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Malone Mukwende

#BlackLivesMatter: Zimbabwean medical student creates handbook for future doctors to help them recognise conditions on black skin. Malone Mukwende, a second-year student at St George’s, University of London, wrote Mind the Gap, to help other medics recognise potentially life-threatening diseases on BAME people.

Zimbabwean medical student has created a handbook for future doctors to help them recognise conditions on darker skin after only being taught how to diagnose white patients.

The book contains side-by-side images showing how illnesses appear on light and dark skin, as well as telling doctors language which is appropriate to use with patients.

Speaking to the British Medical Journal, Mr Mukwende said: ‘On arrival at medical school I noticed a lack of teaching about darker skin. ‘We were often taught to look for symptoms, such as rashes, in a way that I knew wouldn’t appear on my own skin.’

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He added in a statement: ‘The booklet addresses many issues that have been further exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as families being asked if potential COVID patients are ‘pale’ or if their lips ‘turned blue’.

Source – MbareTimes/Zimcelebs

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