Protection against sunrays

19 April 2018 | Local News

Ohorongo Cement and their Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust (OOCT) donated 1 100 tubes of sunscreen worth N$130 258 to people with albinism in Namibia. The lotion was handed to the oncology department of the Windhoek State Hospital and will be distributed to other centres countrywide where it will be given to people with albinism.

“OOCT, in collaboration with Support Ulm e.V., committed an additional 1 500 tubes for the year,” said Esther Mbathera, Ohorongo's PR and corporate communications manager. “We hope our contribution will go a long way in preventing sun-related cancer, which can cause early death amongst people with albinism,” she said.

The lotion has a special ingredient that provides reliable protection for the skin cells against the scorching Namibian sun.

“We can prevent skin cancer among persons with albinism if they can get help early, especially if parents bring the children to the medical facilities at an early age,” said Dr Peggy Mvula from the oncology department.

Dr Peter Stoermer of Support in Namibia of Albinism Sufferers Requiring Assistance (SINASRA) received the lotion, saying the donation came at a time when the Windhoek Central Hospital was running low on sunscreen.

“We are very grateful for this lotion which is special in its formula and is suitable for persons with albinism,” Stoermer said. “There are some sun lotions that can't withstand the heat in Namibia.”

SINASRA's primary focus is the survival of people with albinism, ensuring their livelihood and offering them a fair standard of living. Namibia has a population of over 2 000 people affected by albinism who all need sunscreen due to their sensitive skin.

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