Albinos Benefit from "Hats On" Initiative

The International League of Dermatologic Societies (ILDS) and Steifel, a GSK company, have launched Hats On for Skin Health, a global initiative on sun protection for albinos in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, albinism affects about one in 20,000 people. However, in sub-Saharan Africa and Tanzania specifically, that number is one in 1,429. Unless preventive measures are taken, there is a high likelihood these individuals will develop skin cancer at an early age. The Hats on for Skin Health campaign raises money for protective clothing and skin protection education. “Because of the significant stigma affecting people with albinism in this region, many lead marginalized and impoverished lives in addition to facing severe health risks due to their condition,” said David McLean, MD, secretary-general of the ILDS. “With Hats on for Skin Health

, Steifel will enhance ILDS’ efforts by helping to provide much-needed hats to albinos in Tanzania as we seek to expand our mentoring for albino skin health and patient education programs.” To learn more about the campaign or to make a donation, visit

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