regular basis. Health campaigns directed to address this issue and availability of sunscreens to those who can’t afford can significantly prevent this complication. Figure 1 children of a family of Dadu, interior sindh, Pakistan. Albinism and social aspects “People staring whenever we go out, make us feel alienated”. “My daughter gets annoyed whenever she goes out and people stare at her and approach her, even if it’s in good faith”. Albinism is still a new disease for many and because of lack of understanding of the condition, people treat children with albinism as foreign. Such experiences induce anxiety and negatively impacts the child’s confidence. Many children avoid public gatherings just because of that and that leads to social isolation and depression when they approach teenage years. Due to their appearance, they are often bullied. Namecalling is the most common cause of bullying they face and thus they tend to skip school or not go to one at all. There are lots of myths directed at this condition which further provokes people to misbehave. Albinism and Parenting For many people with albinism, parents are the main support and often the only support they need. But not all parents are same. Due to society’s prevailing myths, some parents think that this is some sort of disability and thus keep their child in confinement. They make them dependent on themselves and in doing that compromise their education and freedom. The constant reminder of the condition and it’s limitations shatter child’s confidence. Lack of support group and proper counselling of new parents can help eradicate this problem as they can learn form other’s experience and implement habits of positive parenting. Albinism and Education At present, there are no special services provided to kids with albinism. At times, it becomes hard for them to copy work as they cant read the board clearly. Friends support is often what gets them through. Teachers aren’t provided with any special kind of training to deal with children with albinism. This leads to children dropping out or not going to school at all.

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