Albinism not contagious – NetOne boss

Faith Chimutsa

Communications service provider NetOne joined hands with Albinism Charity Foundations and Organisations in Zimbabwe to celebrate and commemorate the Albinism Fun and Talent Day 2022 Saturday  12 November in Gweru.

The celebrations were under the hashtags’ #UnitedInMakingOurVoiceHeard and #Inclusion4equility as prescribed by the International Albinism Association.

 In a speech read on behalf of Group Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Raphael Mushanawani, Head Marketing and PR Roselyn Chisveto said albinism was a rare condition, a genetically inherited difference that occurred at birth, adding it was a non-contagious condition caused by lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes causing lack of defense to sunlight and bright light- therefore ‘Not A Curse’

“As NetOne we are glad to join hands with all Albinism Charity Foundations and Organizations’ in Zimbabwe to celebrate and commemorate this special day in the organization’s calendar. NetOne continues to carry the ‘banner’ #UnitedInMakingOurVoiceHeard and #Inclusion4equility as prescribed by the International Albinism Association”, said Chisveto.

She applauded the awareness campaigns that the organization was running across the country, which said was also part of the national mantra by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, his Excellency Emmerson  Mnangagwa; ‘Leaving No One or Place Behind.

Chisveto said these campaigns were meant to fight stigma and societal stereotypes.

”Our CSR strategy hinges around uplifting previously marginalized communities including the Albinism community. The organization’s thrust is to put end to such a ‘social-ill’ as we believe ‘Albinism is not a curse’, it is just a different skin pigment. Living with Albinism does not disqualify one from enjoying the privileges that are inscribed as human rights”, she added. 

“As part of creating a strong CSR brand, NetOne, this year has done a number of awareness initiatives and events around the country. These include: commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day 2022 (Masvingo, Manicaland, Bulawayo, Mash-West), Mr & Miss Albinism 2022 (Harare), Clean-Up Campaign (Mash-West), only to mention a few. Today we are experiencing an event where we are celebrating talent and diversity here in the Midlands. We shall continue with these campaigns across the length and breadth of the country”, explained Chisveto.

Meanwhile NetOne said through its management, it would continue to support people living with albinism and had donated sun creams, lip balms and sun hats.

“We would like to assure the community that NetOne seeks to partake this initiative to the various regions across the country as it is our mandate to ensure that we leave no place and no one behind NDSG1,” Chisveto said.

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