The Albino Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, on Wednesday said it would build the capacity of persons with albinism in commemoration of the 2019 International Albinism Awareness Day celebration.
Mr Jake Epelle, Founder, The Albino Foundation, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Epelle said the International Albinism Awareness Day celebration in Nigeria was commemorated annually on June 13, to improve the awareness and response to challenges of persons with albinism and their families.
He said the 2019 event which has its theme as: `Still Standing Strong, Advancing the Albinism Cause’ would build the capacity of persons with albinism to enable them believe in themselves and become better persons in the society.
Epelle added that the event would showcase the beauty of albinism and persons with disabilities through fashion, art and photography through which the vision was borne.
“The International Albinism Awareness Day celebration is to draw attention to the state and members of the public on issues and challenges faced by persons with albinism and the albinism community all over the world.
“The conference intends to enlighten and educate persons with albinism and their families, especially mothers of children with albinism, on ways of managing the health and social challenges associated with it.
“The National conference will also empower participants at the programme with information on reducing blindness and severe visual impairment, as well as latest innovations in eye care management for low vision persons,’’ Epelle said.
He listed other empowerment programmes to include: Practical steps in managing persons with albinism within the classroom, and preventing skin cancer among persons with albinism.
Others are: self-esteem, as a means of curbing stigma and discrimination, entrepreneurial skills as a tool for reducing poverty, and effective leadership as a tool for promoting an inclusive society.
Epelle explained that the Day was established following the United Nations General Assembly’s proclamation on Nov. 14, 2014 that June 13, every year, should be celebrated as International Albinism Awareness Day.
He noted that the declaration was as a result of widespread discrimination, stigmatization, dehumanization and killings of persons with albinism around the world, especially in Africa.
Epelle further listed programmes at the event to include: life experience sharing, poetic recitations, free medical eye and skin tests, video documentaries, photography and art pieces designed by Persons with Albinism.