Today is World Vitiligo Awareness Day
25 June is marked as World Vitiligo Day. Today, people from around the world come together to increase awareness about vitiligo, fight stigma and raise funds for research, support and education.
Vitiligo leads to the loss of skin colour in blotches and can affect any part of the body, including the hair and the inside of the mouth. The colour of hair and skin is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or don't function any more. It affects people of all skin types, but it may be more visible in people with darker skin.
Vitiligo is neither life-threatening or contagious. People with vitiligo are at higher risk of sunburn and skin cancer, eye problems such as inflammation of the iris, and hearing loss. There is also a risk of social isolation and psychological distress as many people regard it as a disease, which is wrong and unfair.
Something SushAmita Pradeep Jain, who has vitiligo, has tried to highlight in her film titled Support Vitiligo. A former software engineer, Jain currently works in the development sector. The film talks about the scenarios faced by people with vitiligo or for that matter any condition that impacts their image of themselves.
To watch the film, click here - https://youtu.be/5lzE2iwTKXE
Through the film, Jain wants to spread awareness and sensitize people about vitiligo.
Why this video? Because I felt vitiligo is often misinterpreted and a voice was required to make certain aspects clear so I came up with this. Especially in India, where I did not find much awareness or clear interpretations regarding this - SushAmita Pradeep Jain, Person with vitiligo
To know more about vitiligo, you can also click on the Facebook page Jain has created - https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=531169550548632&id=331987303800192.
You can do the same on Instagram - @KnowVitiligo.