Malawi will join the international community to commemorate the International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) at Nkolimbo Ground in Ntcheu.
Announcing the commemorationa at a press conference at the Central Office of Information, the Minister responsible, Jean Kalilani said, “I would like to inform the nation that Malawi will, once again, join the rest of the world in commemorating the 2017 International Albinism Awareness Day whose theme is: “Advancing with Renewed Hope,” which has been translated “Kupita Patsogolo ndi Chiyembekezo Chatsopano.”
The purpose of this year’s commemoration is to celebrate the achievements and contributions that people with albinism make in their communities and country and to continue appealing to every Malawian to take part in coming up with lasting solutions that will completely bring to end the challenges, discrimination and violence that persons with albinism are facing in their day to day life.
The Minister then appealed to stakeholders and individuals to take an active role to ensure that the rights of persons with albinism in the country are respected.
Speaking during the Press Conference, the Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama assured the nation that the Malawi Police Service is doing everything possible to ensure that people with albinism are protected. He said that police has intensified partnership with their counterparts in neighboring countries such as Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique to ensure that the perpetrators of the atrocities are reprimanded regardless of where they are.
In her remarks, UN Women Country Representative Clara Anyangwe said that the day is critical in preventing the attacks and discrimination aimed at persons with albinism.
“The UN has noted that where stakeholders and communities have worked together, attacks on People with Albinism have reduced. Meaning that for successful interventions there is need for holistic interventions that should include People with albinism themselves,” she said.
She further added that there is more that needs to be done and called upon the nation not relax in protecting people with albinism.
The IAAD was set aside by United Nations General Assembly in November 2014. Malawi will commemorate the day in partnership with the UN and Civil Society Organisations.