Our Programs
UTSS works to eliminate the discrimination and attacks against people with albinism through education and advocacy.

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” -- William Faulkner

Advocacy & Public Awareness
The Advocacy and Public Awareness program educates people on the truths about albinism and fights for the inclusive human rights of people with albinism.
Be it educating a small community or speaking at the United Nations, UTSS always has the same message: People with albinism are just like everyone else with 2 simple differences: low vision and the lack of pigment (color) in their skin, hair and eyes. They deserve the same rights and opportunities as every person.

UTSS uses a variety of means to educate the public:

  • Understanding Albinism seminars in villages, universities, schools, hospitals, and more.
  • “The Truth About People with Albinism” leaflet distribution in rural areas.
  • National media presence: radio, TV, newspapers, magazines.
  • White and Black: Crimes of Colour documentary film screenings across Tanzania
See how raising awareness is bringing about change.
Margareth’s story
Margareth’s story

An abduction is thwarted by alert neighbours.

BMCC Church
BMCC Church

As friendships form, prejudices fall away

You can help raise awareness about albinism in unreached places and save lives.

International Advocacy
UTSS is active at the United Nations, the African Union (AU), and in the international media to bring awareness and worldwide attention to the issue.
International Accomplishments
  • UTSS enjoys consultative status at the United Nationas and makes regular presentations to U.N. mechanisms.
  • The U.N. has issued 5 Human Rights Council Resolutions and the African Union has issued one, as a result of UTSS work.
  • International Albinism Awareness Day was named as June 13 by the U.N. in 2014
  • In 2015, the U.N. has created the position of Independent Expert on Albinism
  • UTSS is the main source for publishing international data on human rights violations against persons with albinism. This data is used by the U.N., advocates and many others.
  • In 2015, UTSS hosted the 1st Pan-African Albinism Conference with 29 African countries and 177 delegates participating.
  • UTSS regularly receives international media coverage, and has sparked the making of many films, documentaries and books about the issues surrounding albinism in Africa.
2015 International Albinism Awareness Day Celebrations

Peter Ash interviewed in the halls of the U.N.

1st ever Pan-African Albinism Conference hosted by UTSS.

Adam’s story in the film “The Boy from Geita” brings international attention

You can help create awareness and advocate for people with albinism.