For the first time visual screening for people with albinism in The Gambia

Written by MSc. María Inés Álvarez Garay and Dra. AdisnuviaRiberaux (*)

A July 26th movement in this land of African brothers struggling to raise the quality of life of the population with our firm convictions that a better world is possible for all.

The unstoppable force of the beautiful humanitarian work carried out by the BMC in The Gambia reaches this time a very special part of the population, the albinos.

The Gambia has forwarded a great step on July 18th, 2020, a visual screening of people with albinism was carried out for the first time in the nation at the Sheikh Sayed Regional Eye Care Center, Kanifing.

A group of ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, translators and other clinic workers participated in collaboration with the Gambian Albinos Association.

It was an extraordinary experience starring Gambians and Cubans, together fighting to improve the visual quality of this minority population.

The term albinism generally refers to oculocutaneous albinism, a group of inherited disorders in which there is little or no production of the melanin pigment. Melanin determines the color of the skin, hair and eyes. It also participates in the development of the optic nerves.

Sun rays become a danger to the skin and eyes of these people, which, if not taken care of, can cause skin cancer and / or blindness.

An exhaustive visual examination of each patient was carried out, determining their specific needs, indicating the treatment to follow.

With this valuable study, they intend to try to solve, as far as possible, the eye health problems of these valuable human beings.

Albino people have at their disposal ophthalmological assistance guaranteed by their specialized Gambian personnel and the disinterested collaboration of Cuban doctors.

Cuba and Gambia, two nations united by their blood, history and culture continue fighting for a healthy Africa.

(*) Collaborators of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Gambia.