HOME Alphabetical Listing Medical Jobs Abortion ClinicsAllergologists - Allergy SpecialistsAmbulancesAudiologists - Hearing SpecialistsColonic Hydrotherapists / Hydrotherapy / IrrigationComplementary & Alternative HealthDentists/DentalDepartments of Health South AfricaDermatologists - Skin SpecialistsEndocrinologistsGastroenterologistsGynaecologists and ObstetriciansHearing AidsHospitals and Clinics - Private HospitalsHospitals and Clinics - State HospitalsHuman Cutaneous (Skin) DiseasesHuman Diseases and DisordersHuman Organ SystemsMedical Bursaries South AfricaMedical Conferences and Events South AfricaMedical Educational InstitutionsMedical Equipment Hire and RentalsMedical EthicsMedical Jobs / Vacancies / Locums - IrelandMedical Jobs / Vacancies / Locums - South AfricaMedical JournalsMedical Misconduct / MalpracticeMedical Online AdvertisingMedical Tourism in Cape Town and South AfricaOccupational Health PractitionersOncologists - Cancer SpecialistsOphthalmologists - Eye SpecialistsOrthodontistsPaediatricians - Baby SpecialistsParamedicsPathologistsPathology / Blood TestsPatient Support AssociationsPhysiotherapistsPsychiatristsPsychological - CounsellorsPsychologists - Clinical PsychologistsPsychologists - Counselling PsychologistsPsychologists - Educational PsychologistsRheumatologistsSouth African Medical AssociationsSurgeons - ENT/ Ear Nose and Throat SpecialistsSurgeons - Orthopaedic Surgeons / SpecialistsSurgeons - Rhinoplasty / Rhinoplastic SurgeonsUrologistsWelfare Organisations - NGOs

Albinism Society of South Africa

Area: Johannesburg,Gauteng
Postal Address: P.O Box 9881, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)11 838 6529
Contact Person: Tony Ngwenya
Web:
Info:

Albinism has been defined as an inherited absence of pigment (hypomelanosis) that is limited to the eye (ocular albinism), or involves the eye and skin (oculocutaneous albinism) and in which nystagmus (fast, rhythmical movement of the eye), decreased visual acuity and photophobia (fear of light) are present.

Oculocutaneous albinism is more common than ocular albinism and is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder. In addition to poor vision, people with oculocutaneous albinism have hypopigmented skin which sunburns very easily and is highly susceptible to skin cancer. Although young children with albinism may be slower to crawl and walk due to visual problems, it is important to remember that their intelligence is within the normal range.

In the South African black population, about 1 in 3900 people have oculocutaneous albinism while in the white population it is less common (1 in 15 000 people). There are about 10 000 affected individuals in South Africa.

There is still a certain amount of stigmatization of people with albinism in the community. Both public education about the condition and counselling for affected individuals and their families are required. A small parent support group in Johannesburg has been functioning under the auspices of SAIDA with more than 30 members all over the country. The objectives of this group are to educate the public about albinism, to provide support for affected families, and to support research into the condition. A second large group ( with more than 200 members) has also been established in Soweto.

If there are any errors in the above information, please notify us via an email to info@sadoctors.co.za

www.sadoctors.co.za - South Africa's premier interactive site for all medical doctors, specialists, dentists, psychologists, hospitals, clinics and allied medical services in Cape Town, Western Cape, Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng, Durban, KZN and the rest of South Africa.

This portal is available at the following addresses: www.capetowndoctors.co.za, www.sadoctors.co.za, www.southafricadoctors.co.za, www.kzndoctors.co.za, www.gautengdoctors.co.za, www.southafricamedical.co.za, www.southafricamedicalspecialists.co.za, www.samedicalspecialist.co.za, www.sahospitals.co.za, www.southafricahospitals.co.za.