Health Care for People with Albinism in Morogoro Region
People with albinism (PWAs) face a number of unique health challenges, including skin cancer, vision problems, and hearing loss.
In Morogoro region, PWAs often have difficulty accessing the healthcare they need due to stigma, discrimination and insufficiency of health care provision for persons with albinism.
is the most common and serious health risk for PWAs. Their skin is highly sensitive to sunlight, and they are much more likely to develop skin cancer than people with normal pigmentation. PWAs should apply sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher at all times, even on cloudy days. They should also avoid direct sunlight as much as possible.
Vision problems are also common among PWAs. Many PWAs have nystagmus, a condition that causes the eyes to move rapidly and uncontrollably. This can make it difficult to see and read. PWAs may also have low vision or be legally blind.
Hearing loss is another health problem for some PWAs. About 10% of PWAs have Waardenburg syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that can cause hearing loss. PWAs may also experience hearing loss due to skin cancer on the ear canal or due to otosclerosis, a condition that affects the bones in the middle ear.
Accessing health care
PWAs in Morogoro region often have difficulty accessing the healthcare they need. Many PWAs are poor and live in rural areas, far from major hospitals and clinics. They may also face stigma and discrimination from healthcare providers.
The Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) is a non-governmental organization that works to protect and support PWAs in Tanzania TAS Morogoro is a branch of TAS that provides a number of services to PWAs in the region, including:
Health education and awareness raising: TAS Morogoro educates PWAs and their families about the health risks associated with albinism and how to protect themselves.
TAS Morogoro refers PWAs to specialized healthcare providers, such as dermatologists and ophthalmologists.
TAS Morogoro provides financial assistance to PWAs who need help paying for medical care.
How to support PWAs in Morogoro region
There are a number of ways to support PWAs in Morogoro region. You can:
Donate to TAS Morogoro:
TAS Morogoro relies on donations to provide services to PWAs in the region. You can donate online Please click here
or you can donate materials like Sunscreen lotions, hats, magnifiers and any support.
Volunteer your time:
TAS Morogoro is always looking for volunteers to help with its programs and services. You can volunteer to teach health education classes, provide transportation to PWAs, or help with fundraising events.
Spread the word:
Educate your friends and family about the health risks associated with albinism and how to support PWAs.
By working together, we can help PWAs in Morogoro region and beyond access the healthcare they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.