BASF and Beyond Suncare renew partnership to protect African people with albinism

BASF’s Care Creations and the NGO Beyond Suncare have renewed their cooperation. Together they aim to protect people with albinism in Africa through customised sun care products. 

Over the next three years, BASF will continue to support Beyond Suncare by supplying the required raw materials free of charge. BASF will also provide technical expertise to further improve the formulation. The raw materials include UV filters and other products from supplier’s broad portfolio.

Due to high demand and expansion of the project, raw material supply requirements have grown significantly. The aim is to protect as many affected people as possible from the intense sun in Africa. 

Sunscreens and UV filters contribute significantly to personal health by helping protect the skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation

Stéphanie Acker, technical manager sun care at BASF

Customised sun care for maximum protection 

Beyond Suncare operates in Malawi, Angola and Rwanda, working to educate and raise awareness among people with albinism living in remote and often neglected locations. The NGO also distributes tailor-made sunscreen among these people. Beyond Suncare’s work extends to training and empowering healthcare personnel with knowledge on the genetic condition. This is so they can provide better care to people with albinism at their clinics.

Mafalda Soto, co-founder of Beyond Suncare, distributes the sunscreen developed in partnership with BASF to people with albinism in Malawi
Mafalda Soto, co-founder of Beyond Suncare, distributes the sunscreen developed in partnership with BASF to Malawian people with albinism

Over the past few years, BASF has supported the development of highly effective sunscreen formulations. They are designed and adapted to the needs and sensory preferences of people with albinism living under extreme solar irradiation in sub-Saharan Africa. Special properties such as water and sweat resistance, photo stability and suitability for sensitive or damaged skin need to be considered, as do manufacturing conditions and packaging. 

“This project is very close to my heart and I am proud that we can support Mafalda Soto and her team from Beyond Suncare. Sunscreens and UV filters contribute significantly to personal health by helping protect the skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation. These include erythema, premature skin ageing, age spots and – with frequent, intense exposure – increased risk of skin cancer. We need to make sure that the most vulnerable people, in particular, are safe in the sun,” says Stéphanie Acker, technical manager sun care at BASF

Work that makes a lasting difference

BASF and Beyond Suncare first started working together in 2014, when BASF began supplying the NGO with raw materials and technical expertise.

Mafalda Soto, co-founder of Beyond Suncare, explains: “We want our work to be sustainable and to have a lasting effect. Right now, we are expanding our work to other African countries, and we are in the planning stages of establishing a local manufacturing plant in Malawi. To do all this and make an impact, we need the continuous support of strong partners and allies. So, we are extremely pleased to be renewing our collaboration with BASF.” 

In future, the partners will continue working together to improve the existing formulation. There are also plans to develop new formulations that include oils from local African producers. 

Beyond Suncare was selected as a best practice organisation by the United Nations in 2017, because the NGO aims to ensure that all people with albinism can live a free and dignified life, while being protected against skin cancer and any forms of discrimination. 

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