13 Jun International Albinism Awareness Day is today!
Today is International Albinism Awareness Day! This is a cause that is near and dear to Dr. Bree’s heart! Albinism is a genetic condition that causes children… to be born without pigment in their skin, hair and eyes which leads to skin cancers and visual impairment. There is much misconception and false information about persons with albinism (PWA), especially in Tanzania where up to 1 in 2000 people are affected by this condition. Unfortunately, due to lack of education about the need for sun protection and the limited number of physicians available to treat their skin cancers, less than 10% of those with albinism will live until 30 years of age and less than 2% will survive until the age of 40. Sadly, many children with albinism are placed in orphanages in an effort to protect them. This is because their body parts are thought to have special powers by local witch doctors. Tragically in their communities, they are hunted, mutilated and even murdered with trafficking of their body parts. Thankfully due to the passionate work of many, there has been some progress in improving their situation, but unfortunately these children are often forgotten and forsaken. Please pray for these sweet little ones and their tender souls!