Across many countries in Africa, people with albinism, including children, are attacked and killed due to their skin condition. Since the 1990s, at least 190 people with albinism have been murdered and 300 attacked across 27 African countries, the most in Tanzania.
Facing discrimination and extreme violence, the most pressing health issue by persons with albinism is skin cancer. A report issued by the United Nations in March 2018 indicated that most persons with albinism in sub-Sahara Africa die from skin cancer between the ages of 30 to 40 years.
In 2018, the NYDG Foundation created a partnership with the Tumurere Foundation, a local Rwandan NGO specializing in education and the Rwandan Albinism Society to support 15 teenagers with albinism in northern Rwanda to complete their high school and receive primary health care. We believe its time for philanthropy to be more inclusive to accelerate social good and economic gains for all.
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SKIN DEEP GOALS:
- Create community awareness projects to overcome the cultural issues
preventing persons with albinism from integrating and being part of inclusive societies.
- Increase access to health services for children and youth with albinism
- Provide mobile skin health and eye clinics
- Provide education assistance for kids with albinism to complete primary or secondary school.
HUMANITARIAN MEDICAL MISSIONS
As of March 2017, there were only 8 board-certified dermatologists and 3 dermatology officers that were given the task of caring for more than 11 million Rwandans.
In 2019, the NYDG Foundation will partner with the Dermatology Association of Rwanda to deliver a medical mission in underserved communities in the north of country. While treating the victims, NYDG doctors will also provide on-site technical training to the local medical officers. Our medical missions focus first on people who have been victims of violence and abuse. We recognize the special needs of people who suffer violence. We believe these missions serve to aid in the healing.