Watch the full VT for the BBC’s discussion on the challenges with diagnosing disorders on non-white skin by clicking the button below. There is also a short clip of the interview when it aired on 02/06/2021 during BBC London’s 10am news.
The purpose attached to my period of suffering remains prevalent. In August 2019 I was struck by a rare syndrome. Unfortunately I was denied immediate and effective medical care because of the colour of my skin.
Yet, I am reminded that there is nothing that happens in our life that is ever wasted. Though my season of illness was painful, I continue to see the fruit of my suffering, from my well-received devotional (Beauty in The Beast: How To Suffer Well) to delivering lectures across the globe, as part of culturally competent medical education, and speaking on National Platforms, including ITV and the BBC to advocate for the Black Patient’s Voice.
Special thanks to Bree who interviewed me so well and gave me yet another prominent platform to share my experience.
After finding unexplained dark marks on her skin which she couldn’t explain, BBC reporter Bree Johnson decided to investigate why it seems harder to diagnose skin conditions on non-white people.
She speaks to Kanayo Dike-Oduah, who nearly died as a result of a rare skin disorder, and to Malone Mukwende, who wrote a guide to help medical professionals diagnose clinical signs on black and brown skin.
Professor Colin Melville, director of education and standards at the General Medical Council, says: “We want to be active in driving change that is real and effective in support of black and minority ethnic students, trainees, doctors and patients in the UK”.