Albinism is a genetic condition affecting 10 times more people in Africa than in the UK.
Lacking melanin pigment in their skin, people with albinism in East Africa are highly vulnerable to the sun and many die in childhood from skin cancer.
80% die before the age of 30 and 98% before reaching 40.
As if that weren’t enough, people with albinism face another deadly threat. The widespread belief that albino body parts can bring great wealth means that their limbs, hair and nails are in high demand by witch doctors and their clients. Superstition and misunderstanding also cause albino children to be left out or bullied in school and to feel lonely in their communities.
Facing early death from skin cancer, persecution for their body parts, isolation, neglect and lack of opportunity, the challenges faced by people with albinism in Africa are profound and shocking.
But there is hope. In Uganda, Advantage Africa supports people with albinism to keep safe from skin cancer by providing high SPF sunscreen and lip balm, wide brimmed hats, long-sleeved clothing, regular skin checks and surgery.
We work with communities and national media to debunk the myths, challenge the witch doctors and change the attitudes that cause people to be stigmatised and persecuted. We’ve begun training teachers in how to help albino children to thrive at school so they can grow in confidence and reach their God-given potential.
Things are starting to change for the better, but there is much more to do. We urgently need your help to ensure that many more albino children can look forward to full lives, free from fear. Will you make a donation towards this life-saving work today?
Please remember that your gift will release matched funding of the same amount so that it has twice the impact. Thank you for your generous support.