Kenyans living with albinism to benefit from plant-based sunscreen in partnership with Lintons

A partnership between the Albinism Society of Kenya and Lintons, a skincare company, has promised to revolutionise the lives of Kenyans living with albinism by providing the plant-based sunscreen that they need.

Former nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura, an advocate for disability rights, through the Albinism Society of Kenya, spoke about the challenges faced by this often marginalized community sharing that the sunscreen will protect albinos from harmful ultraviolet rays.

“Out of a population of 4,890, there’s approximately one Kenyan living with Albinism,” Mwaura noted.

“Today, our collaboration with Lintons on this innovative plant-based sunscreen marks a turning point in the lives of many Albinos. Their unique skin condition demands special protection against harmful UV rays.”

Also in the event, Joyce Gikunda acknowledged the financial strain that purchasing sunscreen can pose for parents, with a monthly cost of sh2000.

She commended the government’s efforts in providing sunscreen through a dedicated program but advocated for a collaborative approach involving multiple stakeholders. “Responsibility is the essence of worthiness,” she declared.

According to the Albinism Society of Kenya, one of the main challenges faced by albinos is the scarcity of suitable sunscreen options.

“Many sunscreens in the market are chemical-based,” Gikunda pointed out, highlighting the importance of introducing a plant-based alternative. The partnership with Lintons aims to fill that gap by offering a product that aligns with the unique needs of the albinism community.

In a bid to counter the debilitating effects of the sun, which can lead to low vision among other complications, individuals with albinism often resort to wearing hats.

Stigma within the community further compounds their challenges. Mwaura emphasized the necessity to normalize discussions around disability issues, advocating for greater inclusivity.

Mwaura also spoke on the need to dispel myths surrounding albinism, such as the misconception that those with the condition have a short life expectancy.

“It’s not in our genes to die at 30 or 40; that’s a baseless myth,” he asserted.

He also praised the strides made in disability mainstreaming, which have led to increased employment opportunities for individuals who are abled differently within the government.

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