The skin cancer trust fund is a dedicated fund aimed at providing the necessary funds that will enable the foundation ensure the prevention and access to treatment of persons with albinism affected with skin cancer in Nigeria. The fund, which has a joint account between the foundation and other partners such as the media, donor agencies, National hospital Abuja, Federal Ministry of Health ensures adequate monitoring of the funds that comes in and goes out.
The skin cancer trust fund was also premised on the need to provide comprehensive care and treatment for all persons with albinism affected with skin cancer due to the continuous rise on the number of persons with albinism affected with skin cancer and the increase in number of deaths by persons with albinism affected with skin cancer. The project is specifically meant to reduce the high rise of skin cancer among persons with albinism in Nigeria; reduce the financial burden of paying for cancer treatment by persons with albinism and their families; establish a continued source of funding for skin cancer treatment for persons with albinism; increase treatment and rehabilitation rate and overall number of treated persons diagnosed with skin cancer; and increase access to specialized tertiary healthcare by persons with albinism.
Though, persons with albinism affected with skin cancer are being treated at the National Hospital, Abuja; unfortunately, the services provided by the hospital is skeletal services where patients with albinism are expected to provide for drugs and other treatment while the hospital provides minor surgery services. This arrangement has become a cause for concern not only to persons with albinism affected with skin cancer, but also to the foundation. It is a concern because 99% of persons with albinism affected with skin cancer in Nigeria are very poor and cannot afford the treatment cost of cancer.
The dedicated account will enable donors, individuals, organisations and corporate bodies to donate any amount no matter how small or big the contribution might be. It is expected that 70% of the amount so generated will go to National Hospital while 30% will go to the foundation for the administrative expenses of running the projects. Some of the monies realised will be used for creating awareness and procurement of sunscreen lotion for the prevention of skin cancer. Prevention they say it is better than cure.
As the foundation tries to ensure that those who are affected with skin cancer are treated, emphases will be paid to prevention measures. That is, creating awareness through various media channels, organise workshop for persons with albinism and their parents and production of different Information Education and Communication materials and also ensuring that the messages are translated into the three major Nigeria languages. The burden of cancer treatment is more tasking and demanding than prevention. Therefore, the foundation will ensure that the rate of increase of skin cancer among persons with albinism are brought down to the barest minimum.
We, therefore call on all to donate to this fund to enable the foundation to reduce effect of skin cancer in albinism community in Nigeria.