The American Academy of Dermatology is supporting efforts to raise funds for Hats On For Skin Health, a global initiative on sun protection for albinos in sub-Saharan Africa launched by the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) and Stiefel, a GSK company.
The program aims to raise funds to purchase hats and other sun-protective items for albinos living in Tanzania, a country with one of the highest incidences of albinism in the world.
Tanzania is home to tens of thousands of albinos, and unless measures are taken to protect their skin from the sun’s rays, there is a high likelihood that they will develop skin cancer at a very early age.
Sun protection items purchased by the ILDS with donations to Hats On For Skin Health will be distributed by the Regional Dermatology Training Center (RDTC) in Moshi, Tanzania, an ILDS program that manages an albino project including a mobile skin care clinic, which regularly visits villages in the region.
By checking skin to spot skin cancers early and instructing about proper sun protection, the staff of the mobile clinic strives to positively improve the lives of people with albinism in Tanzania.
The Academy is a member of the ILDS. Donations made to the Academy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. Visit www.hatsonforskinhealth.org for more information or make your donation now.