Facts about albinism

  1. Albinism affects the production of melanin – the pigment that gives eyes, skin and hair its colour
  2. People with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin or no melanin at all and often have very pale hair, skin and eyes
  3. The prevalence of albinism varies across the world. About one in every 17,000 people in the UK has some form of albinism, the NHS estimates
  4. The term “person with albinism” is preferred to “albino”, which is often used in a derogatory way
  5. You can learn more about albinism from the United Nations Human Rights Commission.