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SINASRA RECEIVES SUNSCREEN THROUGH SUPPORT e.V. AND OOCT

Published on: 19 February 2015
1 250 tubes of specialized sunscreen to benefit the Albino Community
1 250 tubes of specialized sunscreen to benefit the Albino Community

A hand-over of specialized tubes of sunscreen was handed over to SINASRA in aid of the Namibian Albino Community by the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust (OOCT), in collaboration with Support e.V. Ulm, Germany.

The donation of 1 250 tubes of sunscreen to the estimated value of N$ 18 000 was done at the Windhoek Central Hospital Oncology Department.

"The reason why OOCT decided to support SINASRA is the fact that they have the necessary manpower, the know-how, knowledge and the dedication to ensure that these sunscreens are distributed throughout Namibia to benefit the entire Namibian Albino Community," said Carina Sowden, Marketing & Communications Manager of Ohorongo Cement.

"According a census in 2011, there are an estimated number of more than 1 600 Albino’s in Namibia. However, we reckon there are many more Albinos in the rural areas who we are not even aware of. They need specialized sunscreen due to the very sensitive nature of their skins to prevent them from developing skin cancer," said Dr Peter Stoermer from SINASRA.

Dr Stoermer noted that SINASRA is very thankful for the donation, as these specialized sunscreens are very expensive. He explained that it was initially developed for the German Defense Force to be light on the skin, but to provide all day protection.

"We are going to donate the sunscreen to all the hospitals throughout the country and it will be available free of charge to the Albino Community," said Dr Stoermer.

Dr Peggy Emvula explained that the local Albino Community are familiar with the fact that they can obtain the sunscreen, protective clothing, hats and other from the Windhoek Central Hospital Oncology Centre.

"For those in the far North of the country, we take some of the items & sunscreens along and distribute it there when we visit in order to also assist the Albinos who cannot afford to travel all the way to Windhoek," said Dr Peggy Emvula.

"We are very happy to be able to make a difference in the lives of people and it gives us true peace of mind knowing that people like Dr Stoermer and SINASRA are more than equipped to ensure that the entire Namibian Albino Community benefits from this donation," said Sowden.

Categories: Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust

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