Conference Report

The First International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Sub-Saharan Africa


lecternAn estimated 120 people participated in the First International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Sub-Saharan Africa, which took place in Douala, Cameroon, from 24-25 July 2015. The conference was brought together a range of stakeholders into productive exchange. The event was co-funded by a Wellcome Trust International Small Grant, the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon, the local government of Douala, Lancaster University, Les Laboratoires Pierre Fabre and the European Society for Pigment Cell Research.

Delegates included people with albinism and leaders of local and national albinism organisations, NGOs and advocates from Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Niger) and Europe (UK, Spain), a representative from UNESCO in Burundi, as well as medical professionals (dermatology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, genetics, oncology) and academics from 14 universities and research institutes in Africa and Europe (Douala, Yaoundé, Witwatersrand, Cotonou, Musée de l’Homme Paris, Lancaster, Marseille, Coventry, Madrid, Bordeaux, IRD Paris, Institut Curie Paris, National Centre for Biotechnology Spain, Bochum).

The programme was designed to include academic panels on Day One, and panels and round tables on Day Two that focused on the implications of living with albinism in sub-Saharan Africa. At the conclusion of the conference a set of resolutions for the human rights of people with albinism from the Organising Committee to the government of Cameroon.

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