Health Days 2021

International Albinism Awareness Day

​Overview:

 On 18 December 2014, the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing June 13th as International Albinism Awareness Day.  It is a rare, non-contagious congenital genetic disorder.  It also lasts for life and does not get worse over time. People with albinism often look pale.  There are many types of albinism, and it affects people differently.  Other names include achromia, achromasia, and achromatosis.
 
Facts
  • Albinism is an inherited genetic disorder that reduces the amount of melanin produced in the skin, either partly or completely. 
  • Its initial symptoms are apparent on the skin, hair, and eye color. People with albinism also tend to have vision problems.
  • They are also more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer.
  • Although there's no cure for albinism, people with the disorder can take a few steps to protect their skin and eyes and maximize their vision.
  • It’s important to see a genetic counselor to discuss your personal genetic condition. 
Objectives:
  • Highlight the good qualities of people with albinism around the world.
  • Celebrate how people with albinism worldwide meet and exceed expectation in all domains of life. 
  • Raise awareness about the condition. 
Official date:
  • Globally: 13 February 2021
  • Locally: 1 Rajab 1442H

Theme:
«Strength Beyond All Odds»

 
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