Liberia, through the Albino Society will tomorrow, join other countries of the world in observance of the International Albinism and Awareness Day, under the global theme: ” Still Standing Strong but with the local theme: Forward Ever, Backward Never.
The International Albinism and Awareness Day is observed throughout the world on the 13th of June every year. On 18 December 2014, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/69/170 proclaiming, with effect from 2015, 13 June as International Albinism Awareness Day.
The annual event is intended to create the necessary awareness about issues and challenges facing members of the Albino Society, such as, discrimination, myths, social factors and etc.
The Executive Director of Liberia Albino Society, Madam Patricia Logan underscored lack of empowerment, stigmatization, health related complications and discrimination as key issues confronting members of the society. She at the same time commended the government for the level of support given to them, but noted that more needs to be done, mainly in the health sector. “I urge persons living with Albinism to see self-help initiative as key to nation building,” Madam Logan said. “The only difference is the pigment of your skin but you are integral part of society and should be respected, supported and provided equal care and empowerment opportunities like any other group of people.” She further noted during the interview.
As part of this year’s celebrations, the Liberia Albino Society is expected to climax the week long activities on Saturday with a free medical outreach for children between one month to five years, targeting about 1,000 patients including pregnant women.
Meanwhile, Gender Minister Williamina E, Saydee Tarr, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Lydia Sherman including other relevant government ministries and agencies as people and institutions to grace the occasion on Thursday.