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UTPC, Standing Voice have agreed to jointly help the disadvantaged

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Standing Voice Executive Director Mr. John Bealle (Left) holding talks with his host, Mr. Abubakar Karsan recently when the former paid a courtesy call to the latter.

Union of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC and Standing Voice have, in principle, agreed to work more closely in advocating for the disabled, particularly people with albinism.

This follows recent talks held in Mwanza between UTPC Executive Director, Mr Abubakar Karsan and his Standing Voice counterpart, Mr John Bealle, during which strategies for assisting the albino, in collaboration with other Non – Governmental Organizations (NGOs) were deliberated upon.

“We are looking into best particular ways in which positive news stories on people with albinism can be written”, Mr Karsan said.

Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all vertebrates including human beings. While an organism with complete absence of melanin is called an albino, an organism with only a diminished amount of melanin is described as albinoid.

The recent visit of Mr Bealle’s, whose organization is currently taking care of the albino in terms of providing them with education and medication used for treating skin cancer, was purely educational aimed at learning how UTPC operates in terms of serving the general public.

Standing Voice is currently engaged in implementation of on - going projects in Shinyanga region, where it helps the elderly who are camped at Kolandoto and in Ukerewe district, in Mwanza region, where construction of centre for albino is well underway.

It is s envisaged that upon completion, sometime on April, next year (201), the centre to be called Umoja, will serve as an educational facility charged with both imparting education as well as rendering other social services, Mr Karsan hinted. 

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