On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to welcome you all to the 12th South-Asian Regional Conference of Dermatology (SARCD XII 2023) to be held on 6th – 7th October 2023 at Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
It is for the third time Sri Lanka is hosting the conference after a period of 10 years. In recent years even with the global pandemic, the South-Asian region has achieved many milestones in the field of economy, education, and health. However, many more avenues are to be explored in the field of dermatology, venereology, and leprology in the Asian region to keep abreast with the rest of the world.
Covid 19 pandemic and the effect of the subsequent economic downturn created a very hostile and challenging situation for the healthcare system worldwide.
Our theme Skin Solidarity in Challenging Times emphasizes the spirit of the meeting. We hope this convention will help us meet the region's needs at this trying time while uplifting regional cooperation.
12th SARCD brings together a panel of experts from SAARC and non-SAARC countries around the globe with a well-compiled scientific programme during this two-day meeting.
We wish to express our gratitude to the resource personnel from both SAARC and non-SAARC countries for enlightening the knowledge of all who attend.
Apart from the academic event, we have organized an inauguration ceremony and a Sri Lankan night.
I take this opportunity to thank the local organizing committee of the SLCD for rallying together and dedicating their valuable time and energy at this difficult time to make this conference successful and memorable.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you to experience Sri Lankan hospitality and enjoy the natural beauty and vibrant culture of this island nation. Even though the current economic crisis has adversely affected everybody in the country, the country is started recovering. We are thankful to the international community for their continuous support. We are doing our utmost to make a comfortable and memorable stay in Sri Lanka.
Once again, I would like to welcome you to the 12th SARCD in Sri Lanka!