Source: | Richard Fiebor, Ghana

Mr. Albinism Ghana, Mr. Kwame Andrews Daklo, would be representing albinos from Ghana at the Obama Foundation Leaders Convening Project in South Africa.

The programme, which starts from 10th to 15th July, 2019 will bring together 200 emerging leaders from 45 countries across the continent to explore new ways to take on the biggest challenges in their communities.

Kwame says “we are asked to present an action plan; so my action plan is basically on Mela-Protect for us to get this project moving, how to get it to persons living with albinism and how they can also benefit from this as well as prevent skin cancer and its related deaths in West Africa.

“We can make it a life saving product for every person, not only living with albinism but every individual who needs some level of skin protection – victims of bleaching, skin cancer and all persons exposed to the ultra-violet rays of the sun.”

On the 13th of June, 2019 during the celebration of International Albinism Awareness Day at the British Council in Accra, Mr. Andrews Daklo was appointed as Mr. Albinism Ghana.

He and his Czech Republican Business Partner, Mr. Lukas Houdek on that day, launched Mela-Protect, a sunscreen product which will save the vulnerable, especially albinos, from skin cancer and its related deaths in West Africa.

The graduate of the recent Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) – Emerging Leaders Programme Cohort 13, expressed gratitude to the Accra Regional Leadership Centre (RLC) saying “YALI has been very tremendous in developing this idea about Mela-Protect Social Enterprise. YALI played a major role in the development of the idea.”

 During an inter-track debate competition at YALI, Kwame’s track, Civic Leadership, won the competition motivating him to initiate the Mela-Protect Project.

Winner of 2012 Beauty Pageant Ghana’s Most Beautiful, Emefa Adeti was appointed the albinism ambassador in Ghana on the International Albinism Awareness Day.

Mr. Albinism Ghana noted that “Emefa Adeti is the voice of Albinism and she is going to help in propagating the availability of Mela-Protect on every platform that she goes to.

“People with albinism are hidden. You don’t find them around. So as she talks about it on these platforms, those who have albinism in their community would start talking about it.”

He maintained that when the product is finally introduced into the market later in August, “we are going to liaise with the regional and district branches of the Association for Persons living with albinism to train people to prepare Mela-Protect and do the distribution of the creams.”

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