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WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY 2017

By June 18, 2017Latest News

WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY 2017

World Sickle Cell Day 2017 – celebrated all over the world on 19th of June, at Monday.

WHAT IS SICKLE CELL DISEASE….. ?????

The Sickle Cell disease is an inheritable DNA alteration. Red Blood Cells carry less amount of oxygen due to the disfiguration caused by mutation. The disease is fatal most of the time. It is the most common public health problem in the African and Asian countries of the world.

Sickle cell means a person is suffering from anemia (less number of hemoglobin). This happens due to the abnormally shaped red blood cells that cause blockage in the continuation of the blood flow. Body organs are not able to get proper oxygen. This leads to health problems like severe pain, organ damage or failure, stroke,  liver problems, heart problems and others.

WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY – Background

Sickle cell disease has become a common genetic disease worldwide. United Nations General Assembly declared celebration of World Sickle Cell Day every year on 19th of June. This was done so as to cover almost all the curable ways through the fast awareness campaign to take this genetic health problem under control around the world. World Health Organization has also started a variety of promotional activities on worldwide level to resolve this hemoglobin dysfunction issue.

According to a study conducted more than 1000 babies take birth every day with Sickle Cell Disease in Africa. They die up to five years of age. This disease has affected around 1,00,000 people in the United States. People in countries like India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Arabic peninsula, Brazil, Surinam, Guiana, Southern Italy, Greece and others are also affected.

WHY WE CELEBRATE THE WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY ????

To spread awareness among those who are not aware, people celebrate World Sickle Cell Day . This is done to get an effective control over the situation. It has become necessary to run campaigns in order to aware public on global basis. Also to encourage them for active participation in the celebration to get closer to the realities of this genetic disorder. New parents are focused to get aware about its immunizations.

HOW THE WORLD CELEBRATES THE SICKLE CELL DAY…..

World Sickle Cell Day celebration involves variety of awareness campaigns. Some of them motivates people for the blood drives in hospitals, bone marrow registration drives and other such drives. Discussion campaign, general conversation program among public, awareness surveys of people are also organized for people’s interaction. Using media for sharing of related stories through newspaper or online media, educational programs in community, presentations, sports activities,rallies, meetings, press conference for awareness are also done.

Activities like fund raising campaigns for treatment, donating tissues and cord blood, quiz competitions and other related activities in the schools, colleges and universities encourage people. Activities like related message writing on hand and message distribution, pictures drawing, creating hopeful messages, posters distribution, lucky draw contest, health talks, massage posting on social media website are the most common ways to celebrate.

Organizing free checkup camps for testing of the sickle cell anemia, broadcasting people’s response through the radio and TV channels and marathon are important and give people a sense of being cared.

Media Courtesy* indiacelebrating.com

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