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Kenyan Teacher in Tanzania Fired Due to Uncommon Skin Condition

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Kenyan Teacher in Tanzania Fired Due to Uncommon Skin Condition

A high school teacher from Kimilili, Bungoma County, who suffers from a rare skin condition, faces rejection and unemployment.


Due to the sensitivity of her condition, we will refer to her as Nancy*. She claims that her friends have abandoned her, and even her father, who has been helping her receive treatment, has given up on her.

In an exclusive interview with Citizen Digital, Nancy described how she was recently denied and her contract terminated after her employer discovered she suffers from Atopic Dermatitis, a skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin.

Nancy is a certified English and Literature teacher for high school students, and she was recently hired by an international school in Tanzania. Joyful that her life would finally improve, she traveled to Tanzania for her new position.

The school administration discovered she had the condition upon her arrival and terminated her employment on the grounds that she posed a threat to students and instructors.

With teary eyes, Nancy conveyed that her condition wasn’t communicable; however, the school had terminated the contract she had previously entered into.

This decision was rooted in their perception that she posed a risk to fellow students and individuals in her vicinity. Consequently, she was compelled to journey back home to her family.

Since she first became ill in 2011, when she was in Form 2, this has been her standard way of life.

The condition began in one of Nancy’s joints and has since spread to the majority of her body, leaving her vulnerable to discrimination everywhere she goes.

She stated that she was unable to secure employment due to her appearance. Additionally, her friends had mentioned that she had HIV and speculated that she was involved with substances like Marijuana.

She expressed that they did not comprehend the circumstances being beyond her control, and she emphasized her efforts to seek treatment for her condition.

Nancy has been in and out of the hospital, and the disease’s treatment has taken a toll on her.

She is a single mother, and the father of her child left when the condition persisted. However, she maintains that she has never transmitted the disease to her son or siblings, with whom she resides.

“Consultation alone costs approximately KSh3,000. Additionally, drugs are even more costly. “I am desperate for a solution to my problem,” she said through tears.

Now, Nancy is requesting assistance from well-wishers so she can receive treatment for her illness.

Kenyan Teacher in Tanzania Fired Due to Uncommon Skin Condition

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