APAM wants national budget to address needs of persons with albinism

Chiradzulu, President of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), Overstone Kondowe, has expressed his worry that needs for People with Albinism have not been addressed in the just passed National Budget.

Speaking during the Commemoration Day of Persons with Albinism under the theme Advancing with renewed Hope at Chiradzulu Secondary School Ground, Kondowe said, APAM wants their needs to also be addressed in the National Budget.

The disability department purchases wheelchairs and other things that people with disabilities need but for us with albinism, we cannot access glasses, hats and lotion from the department because we are not included in the national budget, lamented Kondowe.

He added that persons with albinism need glasses for them to be able to see properly; sun screen lotion and hats to protect them from the sun which causes skin cancer.

Moreover, he said people have a wrong perception that persons with albinism cannot do well in school, but this is so because they are short sighted and they have no glasses to help them see well.

Kondowe further asked teachers to assist their students in class by putting them in front and making sure that they receive all the necessary help to enable them do well.

I will give my own example, if it was not for my teachers and fellow students, I could not have gone further with my studies up to university level. My teachers made sure that I was always in front, gave me examination papers with bigger fonts and fellow students also assisted me in copying notes, he explained.

In her remarks, Chiradzulu District Commissioner (DC), Memory Kaleso, assured persons with albinism that sun screen lotion is available at the hospital and asked the District Health Officer (DHO) to ensure that only people with disabilities access the sun screen lotion.

The United Nations (UN) set 14 June in 2014 to be the International Day of Persons with Albinism each year and in Malawi, the commemorations started in 2015 in Mulanje followed by Kasungu and Ntcheu in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA