People with albinism want free access to sunscreen lotions

People with albinism say they want to access the special skin lotions at heath centres the same way people living with HIV are accessing Antiretroviral.

Chenge Murimwa

Mercy Maunganidze from the Zimbabwe Albino Association says most people with albinism cannot afford to buy the special sun screen lotion.

“Our sunscreen lotion is expensive and most people with albinism cannot afford,” said Ms Maunganidze.

“We are appealing to the government and the private sector to make available sunscreen lotions in all health centres so that people with albinism access them for free just like what is happening with people living with HIV who access ARVs for free.”

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Patrick Zhuwao tasked the national disability body to come up with a policy that he will take to parliament.

“I am instructing the national disability board to work with the Zimbabwe Albino Association to be able to put a policy position in the next three month that I will take to cabinet and it becomes a policy position,” said Mr Zhuwao.

Mr Zhuwao and Ms Maunganidze were speaking during the launch of friends with albinism campaign organised by Zimplats. Zimplats donated sunscreen lotions and sun hats to 500 people in Matabeleland North and Mashonaland West provinces. The programme will eventually be rolled out to eight remaining provinces.