Accept and understand albinism, asks Government

The Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, has urged communities to stop discriminating against people with albinism.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the Life Choices Campaign, which encourages acceptance and understanding of albinism, Mayende-Sibiya said communities need to be aware and understand the condition.
ΓÇ£There are many myths surrounding people with albinism and some of these myths are scary, misleading and force people with the condition to live in fear for the rest of their lives,ΓÇ¥ said Mayende-Sibiya.
Her ministry is committed to ensuring that persons with albinism enjoy all human rights embodied in the Constitution, including the right to access education.
ΓÇ£In realising this right, assistive devices should be made available to assist with teaching and learning. Through public health facilities, children with albinism should be provided with glasses and optical aides to enhance their vision. Schools should ensure that children with albinism receive learning materials in an accessible format,ΓÇ¥ she said.
* She said she believes the campaign will ensure that people with albinism are not hindered from full participation in social and economic activities. –

News source: Mooivaal Media – Vaalweekblad