Albinism in Africa as a Public Health Issue
Literature review of the prevalance  of albinism in Africa. Data taken from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria is reviewed. Occurrence of albinism is found to range from 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 15,000. The number of persons with albinism in Africa is estimated to range in the tens of thousands. In all, albinism is presented as a public health issue that necessitates a response in its health, pscyhological and social aspects.
Hong, Esther S., Hajo, Zeeb, Repacholi, Michael
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Albinism; Albino; Prevalence; Population; Cancer; Social; Pscyhcological; Health; Nigeria; Zimbabwe; Tanzania; South Africa.
Biomedical Central, online. Accessed July 29, 2010.

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May 05th, 2017
The Hunted
The New York Times reports on the deadly discrimination facing people with Albinism in Malawi and Mozambique.
April 12th, 2017
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April 12th, 2017
Global News
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April 12th, 2017
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April 12th, 2017
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April 12th, 2017
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April 12th, 2017
Persons with albinism in Zambia call for end to brutality
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March 06th, 2017
Nyasa Times
Malawi Police have intensified their hunt for attackers who severely wounded two persons with albinism Friday.
March 03rd, 2017
Africa Times
An independent United Nations expert called Friday for stronger oversight of traditional medicine in African countries in order to limit the threat to people living with albinism.
January 27th, 2017
Nyasa Times
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