Visit to Kenya in January 2009
Professor Karin U Schallreuter from the Institute for Pigmentary Disorders,
in association with EM Arndt University Greifswald/Germany and University of
Bradford/UK, and Stella Pavlides, President of the American Vitiligo Research
Foundation, went to Kenya to help patients with
Vitiligo is characterised by the loss of the inherited skin colour presenting a
serious skin condition in dark skin. Sufferers are marked by disfiguring white
spots. Often these people are target to staring, questions and bulling by
others. In Kenya affected individuals are often treated as outcasts and
frequently they are characterised as cursed or bewitched. Treatment is difficult
due to limited health funding.
AVRF has donated a Narrow band UVB cabinet to the Kenyattan National Hospital in
Nairobi in order to offer this treatment modality to all patients seeking help,
regardless whether they can pay or not.
In January Professor Schallreuter went to Nairobi to explain this treatment
modality in details to her colleagues. Moreover, she was giving an extensive
lecture on the subject of Vitiligo to members of staff and to local
The stay included a visit to the children’s cancer ward where the donation of 40
teddy bears, a generous gift from AVRF and “Build a bear”, created a big
surprise and a big fun to the little patients.
Both education and treatment are in demand in Kenya!
If you wish to support education and treatment for vitiligo, please contact:
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