Log in   |  Join the community   
X

BEAUTY   |   AESTHETICS   |   WELLNESS

08-09-11 | Posted by


The International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) and Stiefel, a GSK company stiefel.com are taking the challenging plight of albinos in sub-Saharan Africa very seriously. They announced a global initiative on sun protection for albinos called Hats On For Skin Health. The program’s main goal is to raise funds to provide hats and other sun-protective items for Tanzanians suffering from albinism. Albinism is the genetic inability to produce the pigment melanin in the skin, hair and eyes, resulting in pale skin, light hair, pinkish eyes and impaired vision.

Curiously, Tanzania has tens of thousands of albinos among its population, and unless measures are taken to protect their skin from the sun’s rays, there is a high likelihood that they will develop skin cancer at a very early age. This skin cancer is often fatal by age 40 and less than 2 percent of albino children in Tanzania reach their 40th birthday. Recent studies have shown this lifespan can be extended when measures are taken to protect skin from the sun.

The campaign was announced at the 22nd World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, Korea to encourage participation and donations from around the world. Donations received help ILDS purchase hats or other sun-protective items that will be distributed by the Regional Dermatology Training Center (RDTC) in Moshi, Tanzania, an ILDS program that manages an albino project including a mobile skin care clinic.

“By announcing our Hats On For Skin Health program at the World Congress of Dermatology, we hope to inspire others, especially the worldwide dermatology community, to join our efforts to help albinos in Tanzania better protect their skin,” said Bill Humphries, President, Dermatology, Stiefel.

To make a donation, visit hatsonforskinhealth.org and follow Stiefel on Facebook and Twitter.

Leave a Reply

Register to Add a Comment

#Gorgeous
Giveaways

  • we are loving these plants for any room around the house and the big mirror with a wooden frame is beautiful! PC on Instagram: @celeste.escarcega
  • Think You're a Beauty Wiz? Discover 8 Surprising Facts Behind Elizabeth Arden’s Iconic Eight Hour Cream
  • Elizabeth Arden Retinol capsules
  • Zoe Kravitz photographed by Anthony Maule for InStyle US May 2018 Stylist: Andrew Mukamal Hair: Nikki Nelms Makeup: Nina Park
  • Say buh-bye to the iconic Red Door and welcome the new Mynd Spa & Salon, a place to unwind, get a new do, and massage your stress away...


We use cookies to offer a better user experience and to analyze site traffic. To comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we are implementing a cookie consent manager to provide residents of the EU/EEA with the ability to customize their cookies. Until this is available, your continued use of this site will be deemed as consent to use of cookies.