International Albinism Awareness Day

Kenyans have conflicting perceptions of persons with Albinism:

  • 8 out of 10 Kenyans (79%) most of the time think of persons with Albinism as being the same as everyone else
  • 7 out of 10 (68%) most of the time think that persons with Albinism need to be cared for
  • 2 out of 10 Kenyans , think of persons with Albinism with discomfort most of the time

These findings were released by Twaweza East Africa, to mark International Albinism Awareness Day (13 June 2016). The findings are based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey. The findings are based on data collected from 1,763 respondents across Kenya in April and May 2016.

Albinism is a genetic condition where the body is unable to produce melanin, a natural pigment found in skin, hair, and eyes. The condition may lead to vision  impairement and an increased risk of skin cancer.  Persons with Albinism face discrimination and isolation in some parts of the world, and Kenya is not exception, partly due to misconseptions and myths about their condition. In 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution “calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons With albinism.” The UN General Assembly has also proclaimed 13 June to be International Albinism Awareness Day.




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