Source of the Nile Union of Persons with Albinism (SNUPA)a member organization of NUDIPU on 13th June held scientific celebrations to mark the International Albinism Awareness Day under the theme “Strength Beyond All Odds” at their offices in Jinja district.

At the event, Ogik Peter the Executive Director of SNUPA who also represents persons with Albinism on the NUDIPU board noted that many persons with Albinism do not have access to essential skin care services and this has caused skin cancer to some of them and led to eventual death.  He noted that in the previous lockdown 37 people with Albinism were diagnosed with cancer and 3 of the died.

He called on government to treat this case unique and allow them access their members during the movement restrictions in the lockdown period so as to regularly distribute protective wears like hats sunscreen sunglasses to protect them from the adverse effects of direct sun shine.     

He advised the local government to budget for sunscreen lotions and other protective gears for persons with Albinism including transport for emergency health care.

The Deputy mayor Jinja city, Fizira Kawuma who was the chief guest pledged to give persons with Albinism priorty while providing services.

Read the article below on the challenges and commitments made towards improving the health conditions of persons with Albinism during the International Albinism Awareness Day as published in the New Vision

NUDIPU message to the world in regards to the International Albinism Awareness Day as published online

National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) which is annually held on 13th June.

This year’s theme Strength beyond all odds reflects on the resilience against stigma, violence, discrimination, traditional myths, beliefs, superstitions and health challenges that Persons with Albinism have had to endure and persevere to become achievers.

As we celebrated the International Albinism Awareness Day, NUDIPU called on government and the community at large to continue condemning and working towards alleviating all forms of human rights violation against Persons with Albinism to enable them realize their strengths as part of all development processes in Uganda.

NUDIPU graphics and pictorial message on the article on the International Albinism Awareness Day as published online on the NUDIPU social media platforms