Society must recognise, celebrate and stand in solidarity with persons with albinism.
The call was made in Harare this Saturday by the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Cde Energy Mutodi while officiating at a health fare to celebrate the International Albinism Awareness Day.
For most people living with albinism, life has never been easy as their skin requires a lot of attention and care.
A tube of sunscreen lotion is selling at US$15 and this is beyond the reach of many.
“The lotion is now too expensive, and sadly that tube lasts only for 30 days when using them on the face and hands,” said one lady living with albinism.
As if that is not enough, they also suffer stigma and discrimination from society.
After concluding his tour of various stands at the health fare, Cde Mutodi called on society to embrace people with albinism.
“Let us embrace people with albinism, they are part of us, they are part of society, we should not discriminate them,” he said.
Organisers of the event, Global Aid Missions said the health fare is aimed at helping break barriers to health for people with albinism.
“We are running various clinics here so that people living with albinism can access free medical treatment ranging from eye care to family planning and circumcision,” said Gillian Makuza, who is the organisation’s Public Relations Officer.
In 2013, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against people with albinism to come to an end.
This year, the 13th of June marked the 5th year since the day has been in existence.
The theme for this year is: ‘Still Standing Strong.’