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Speaker calls for more action on people with albinism

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Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara has cited public awareness on the condition of albinism as one of the factors that would lead to reduced cases of attacks.

She said this on International Albinism Awareness Day, which falls on June 13.

“We, as a nation, should increase awareness and understanding of albinism issues so that we can ably address issues affecting people with albinism,” Gotani- Hara said.

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She said members of Parliament have a key role to play in the process.

“Our roles demand that we, as legislators, must discharge responsibilities in such a way that our brothers, sisters, friends and relatives with albinism enjoy rights and freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, just like any other Malawian,” Gotani Hara said.

However, Apam Board Chairperson Habiba Osman called for increased financial allocations towards causes of people with albinism.

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“The government has reduced the budgetary allocation from K1.6 billion to K200 million in the 2022-23 budget, which will bring challenges in supporting specific functions associated with people with Albinism,” she said.

The theme for this year’s commemorations was ‘United in Making The Voices of Persons with Albinism Heard’.

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