Special Telescopic Spectacles and Sunglasses for Visually Impaired Albinos

Special Telescopic Spectacles and Sunglasses  for Visually Impaired Albinos Enlarge image Ambassador Schlaga (middle), Dr. Natalie Renkhoff (left) and Dr. Peter Stoermer (right) during the signing of the contract for financial assistance. (© German Embassy, Windhoek)

On Thursday 24 August 2017, an agreement was signed by H.E. Christian Matthias Schlaga, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Dr. Peter Stoermer, as acting Chairperson and Dr. Natalie Renkhoff as Board Member and Legal Advisor of the welfare organization “Support in Namibia of Albinism Sufferers Requiring Assistance” (SINASRA) Enlarge image

The organization will receive financial assistance in the amount of N$ 225 000.00 (€ 14 413.84) within the framework of the micro-project fund of the German Embassy. The allocation will be used for the acquisition and distribution of special telescopic spectacles and sunglasses amongst people affected by albinism all over Namibia.

Albinism is a congenital metabolic disorder, the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and eyes is partially reduced to completely lacking. This pigment is necessary not only for the skin and hair, but also for the retina and iris of the eyes. Bright skin, hair and eye color are thus the visible consequences. Since the melanin has a protective function against UV radiation, there is therefore a greater sensitivity to sunlight. This visual impairment leads to the social exclusion and stigmatization of children and adults with albinism.

By providing Albinos with special telescopic spectacles, their vision will be enhanced and accessibility to education improved considerably. Most of the beneficiaries will be children in order to facilitate their integration into the school system and thus increase their future prospects. Enlarge image