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International Albinism Awareness Day 2019 is observed on 13 June

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International Albinism Awareness Day 2019 is observed on 13 June

International Albinism Awareness Day 2019 is observed on 13 June

13 June 2019 Current Affairs: International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) is celebrated on June 13 every year. The day aims to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism worldwide.

2019 Theme:
The theme for 2019 for the day is Still Standing Strong. The theme aims to recognize, celebrate and stand in solidarity with albinism patients around the globe. It is a call for solidarity.

Day institution:
In mid 2000s there was a rising number of violent attacks on and murders of persons with albinism in Tanzania. Persons with albinism were accused to attribute magical powers and were motivated to use them for lucky charms and occult rituals. By 2015, perpetrators killed more than 70 victims and harmed many more. In response, the Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) and other NGOs began campaigning for the human rights of persons with albinism.
On May 4, 2006, TAS celebrated the first Albino Day. From 2009 onward the day became National Albino Day and was eventually called National Albinism Day. On December 2014 the UN's General Assembly adopted a resolution 69/170 to proclaim, with effect from 13 June, 2015 as International Albinism Awareness Day.

What is Albinism?
Albinism is a congenital condition which is characterized by complete or partial lack of pigmentation in hair, skin and eyes.  The condition can last for years or even a lifetime.
Symptoms: The symptoms for Albinism is: absence of color in the hair, skin, or eyes, lighter than normal coloring of the hair, skin, or eyes and patches of skin that have an absence of color. It is accompanied by a number of vision defects including nystagmus, amblyopia, and photophobia.
Treatment: Albinism can not be cured. But treatment can relieve symptoms and prevent sun damage. Treatment includes sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, protective clothing and sunscreen to protect the skin from UV rays, prescription eyeglasses to correct vision problems and surgery on the muscles of the eyes to correct abnormal eye movements.
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