Association of People with Albinism (APAM) acting national coordinator Maynard Zacharia

By Dean Chisambo

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi government has release 2018/2022 mid -term review of the national action plan of persons with albinism.

Speaking during the disseminating work shop on implementing national action plan in Lilongwe on Tuesday, principal secretary of the ministry of gender,community development and social welfare Isaac Katopola said since the implementation of the plan , they have seen some progress in-terms of the challenges which people of albinism are facing.

Katopola said from 2016-2018 when the country had some cases of the killing and abduction of the people with albinism, in this year the numbers have decreased ,for example in 2020 was 4 and this year of 2021 only 3 cases have recorded ,this shows that something has been done in a positive manner..

He also said they have noticed from the mid-term review that perhaps there is need to do other emerging issues that are challenging to persons with albinism,there is need to come up with strategies to make sure that access to education is in safe environment and boarding schools will be safer than day schools.

In his part Association of People with Albinism (APAM) acting national coordinator Maynard Zacharia commend the ministry of gender for the report saying the national action plan has helped to bring several stakeholders that matters in issue of albinism and also to come together and help the persons with albinism.

He said there are some gaps which need to be addressed because the report is in 4th year for the implementation of national action plan.

“May be what we achieved compared to period may be there not really tallying saying we are talking of the action plan that is 2018-2022 but this 2021 the achievement to us as an association are much less than what we thought we would achieve in 4 years when the action national plan was implemented,” he added.

The persons with albinism in this country are 134,000 and the workshop brought together various stakeholders like the Malawi police service,the judiciary, Chiefs, Human Rights Commision and the UN Women.

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