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Kilisun

Supporting people with albinism in Africa
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Kilisun

Kilimanjaro Suncare, also known as Kilisun, is the sunscreen produced at the Kilimanjaro Sunscreen Production Unit, which contributes to save people with albinism ‘s(PWAs) life. Kilisun is the first sunscreen specifically designed for the prevention of skin cancer among PWAs. The Kilisun formula has been carefully studied and adapted to the specific features of albinism.
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Education & Distribution

It is useless to produce the best product if this product is not applied at the right moment and in the right way. From the KSPU we coordinate the regular distribution of Kilisun to the most remote regions of the country through mobile clinics, schools and local platforms. We emphasize the importance not only of educating the beneficiaries about sun protection, but also of educating their families, doctors, teachers and the general community.
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High quality product

KPSU and Kilisun are supported by Fridda-Dorsch dermocosmetic laboratory and by the largest chemical producer in the world, BASF. Both corporations are responsible for the development and quality control of the Kilisun chemical formula. Kilisun has been presented in numerous international congresses, such as the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin (Edinburgh, 2014) and the Sun Protection Conference (London, 2015).
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Beneficiaries

In December 2012 our team conducted the first ever distribution of Kilisun to 25 children in a local school at Kilimanjaro. Two years later, Kilisun is being distributed to 2000 people suffering from albinism throughout the whole country of Tanzania. Our goal for 2016 is to reach to 2500 beneficiaries in Tanzania and to introduce Kilisun in the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya and Malawi. At the same time, we want to strengthen our educational campaign.

Albinism in Africa

Get to know the challenges that the albino population faces in Africa
One sunscreen saves hundreds of lives in Tanzania.

Due to genetic inheritance, people with albinism partially or totally lack the ability to produce melanin. This in turn affects the pigmentation of their skin, eyes and hair, making them extremely sensitive to ultraviolet radiation. Sufferers of albinism have eyesight problems and are highly prone to develop skin cancer. In addition to the physical challenges they face, people with albinism in sub saharan Africa are socially discriminated and marginalized. The Tanzanian case is specially radical, where people with albinism are murdered and mutilated for the sake of black magic and superstitious rituals. Since 2007, hundreds of attacks and 80 murders have been registered in Tanzania, according to official sources.

Tanzania is one of the countries with the highest albinism rate in the world (1/1400), in which an estimated number of 30000 people with albinism live. The physical appearance and the strong superstitious beliefs about this population hinders their access to education, thus forcing many to work in low-paid jobs and very often in the sun. Extreme sun exposure often causes the development of skin cancer at an early age. Less than 10% of people with albinism will live longer than 30 years and only 2% will live to be 40 years old. The access to treatment in Tanzania is very limited due economic difficulties, precarity of health services and lack of health professionals in the area.

  • 30 years

    Is their live expectancy

  • 1/1400

    Albinism rate in Tanzania

  • 100%

    Develops stages of skin cancer before the age of 20

  • 2500

    Beneficiaries that we aim to reach with your help

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Our team

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Mafalda Soto

Managing Director
As a pharmacist specialized in Tropical Medicine and International Health, Mafalda has developed her professional and personal life in East Africa since 2008. Her academic background combined with her experience with the albino population lead her to establish herself in Tanzania and to start the KSPU in 2011 together with Leah and Grace .
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Leah Riwa

Head of distribution and community work
Leah is a pharmacist from Moshi (Kilimanjaro). She started working at the KSPU before its official opening in July of 2013. In 2015 she became the head of logistics and distribution, educational campaigns and community work of Kilisun.
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Grace Manyika

Laboratory Assistant
Initially Grace was the responsible for cleaning the KSPU, but soon she demonstrated keen interest in the educational and awareness issues of the project. Born and raised in the South of Tanzania, Grace is the best ambassador of Kilisun and a clear example of overcoming the challenges of albinism
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Ebenezer Fabian

Head of Production
Ebenezer is a biochemical engineer and the most recent addition to our team. Born in Dar es Salaam, administrative capital of Tanzania, Ebenezer supervises the production, quality control and the providers of the KSPU.

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