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Improving the Lives of People with Albinism in Malawi

People with albinism are one of the most marginalised groups in Malawi. They are often faced with discrimination, violence, inefficient healthcare, and a lack of support or representation. 

But thanks to you, and with support from the European Union, we’ve been working to help people with albinism live lives free from fear and violence. Over the past few years, our partner CCJP has been implementing a project in Malawi that promotes and protects human rights and ensures access to healthcare and justice for people with albinism 

Since 2014, Malawi has recorded over 200 cases of reported attacks, abductions, and killings of people with albinism. Many people live in fear, and don’t know who to turn to for protection or support. They face discrimination in all areas of life – at school, in their communities, and in the world of work. 

Albinism can cause serious health problems, especially if sunscreen isn’t accessible. Because of the ingrained stigma and misconceptions, people with albinism are often ostracised from their communities and don’t know where to turn for help.  

Through CCJP, we’re working to end the stigma and discrimination. By educating local communities, we’re tackling the myths surrounding albinism and making sure people feel safe in their homes. We’re also providing legal support and education for people with albinism, to make sure they know what their rights are and how they can report any violation of these rights. We’re training health care professionals, as well as providing access to sunscreen in hospitals and medical centres, and working with the police and local authorities to make sure perpetrators of crimes are brought to justice.  

Thanks to you, we’re creating a society where people with albinism can live full lives, free from fear and injustice. 

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Baison's story

In 2017, attackers broke into Baison’s house in the middle of the night. Luckily, he was able to escape.  

“I was sad and traumatised because if these people had found me asleep, they’d have killed me. I was scared and had sleepless nights afterwards.

"I struggled to find work, and I had no self-confidence. People would call me names when I was out on the road.

"People with albinism should know that they are humans too. Before the project started, I was hopeless. I couldn’t do anything to influence my future. But since the project began my life has changed.

"CCJP challenged us to believe in ourselves and encouraged us to start businesses. So, I started selling rice. Slowly, the business began to grow. Then I started selling clothes and the business grew further. Then I opened my shop.

"People who once called us names now accept us as people. I can now support my other friends with albinism. The first time I experienced change, was when we started working with CCJP.” 

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