International Albinism Awareness Day

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2021 Date13 June 2021
2022 Date13 June 2022
International Albinism Awareness Day

International Albinism Awareness Day History

International Albinism Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about albinism and eliminate all forms of discrimination related to albino people. Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited disorder present at birth. It results in a lack of pigmentation (melanin) in the hair, skin, and eyes. It can cause vulnerability to the sun and bright light. Albinism is found in both sexes regardless of ethnicity. It is also found in all countries of the world. This day aims to support those living with albinism by raising awareness about the condition. It encourages learning more about the disorder and working to eliminate myths and any stigma surrounding it.

International Albinism Awareness Day was established in 2014 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on June 13th.

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International Albinism Awareness Day Facts

  • The theme for International Albinism Awareness Day in 2021 is StrengthBeyondAllOdds.
  • According to the UN, 1 in every 17,000 to 20,000 people have some form of albinism in North America and Europe. In sub-Saharan Africa, the condition is much more prevalent. 1 in 1,400 people are affected in Tanzania and in Zimbabwe it's 1 in 1,000.
  • There are several less common types of albinism. These include Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) and Chediak-Higashi Syndrome (CHS). These types of albinism can involve medical issues such as problems with blood clotting or problems with hearing.

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