Home

World Sickle Cell Day 2014

 
  • World Pasta Day 2014
    World pasta day is celebrates every year on 25th October and purpose of this day to encourage the nutritional and culinary advantages of the pasta... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • World Psoriasis Day 2014
    World Psoriasis Day 2014 theme is "Building a better world for people with psoriasis"... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • World Savings Day 2014
    The World Savings Day was established on 31st October 1924 during the 1st International Savings Bank Congress held in Milano, Italy.... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • World Vegan Day 2014
    World Vegan Day 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the term vegan... Read More IMAGE: en.wikipedia
  • World Radiography Day 2014
    World radiography day celebrates every year on November 8th. Celebrations of the day bring together members of the profession, unite them under one... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • International Tongue Twister Day 2014
    Tongue twisters are a fascination for people of all ages and to celebrate this fascination, the International Tongue Twister Day is celebrated on... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • World Pneumonia Day 2014
    World Pneumonia Day observance international on 12th November and 2014 theme "Innovate to End Child Pneumonia"... Read More IMAGE: worldpneumoniaday
  • World Kindness Day 2014
    November 13th is celebrated as the World Kindness Day. A day designated to realize the need for a more compassionate and kinder world.... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • World Diabetes Day 2014
    World diabetes day 2014 theme is "Healthy Living and Diabetes" and celebrates every year on November 14th... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • International Day of Tolerance 2014
    Purpose of celebrating international day of tolerance is to promoting the act of tolerance.... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • International Students Day 2014
    1941 in London that November 17th is first marked by the International Students Council as International Students' Day... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • World Toilet Day 2014
    2.5 billion people do not have access to a clean and safe toilet. Join Domestos this World Toilet Day... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • International Men's Day 2014
    1999, Trinidad and Tobago was celebrated first international men's day on November 19th.... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • World COPD Day 2014
    2014 World chronic obstructive pulmonary disease day theme is "Itís not too late".... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
  • Universal Children Day 2014
    Universal children day is established in 1954 and slogan of 2014 is "Childrenís Education as an Imperative to Sustainable Development"... Read More IMAGE: pixabay
 

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a serious condition that affects people all over the world; the complications that arise from it are usually fatal. Sickle cell disease is a set of red blood cell disorders that are mostly inherited. In sickle cell disease the red blood cells become tough and sticky and resemble ‘sickles.’ The infected cells perish early which leads to a constant depletion of red blood cells in the blood. Further as the blood moves through blood vessels, these infected cells get stuck to the walls and obstruct the blood flow which leads to more complications. With good medical care people with sickle cell disease can live into adulthood but with a decreased life expectancy.

sickle cell disease is common among the African, Asian nations and amongst people who do not have access to proper medical supervision and care. In the United States mainly the African-Americans are affected, with every one in 500 African-American child being affected with the disease. In Africa nearly 2% of newborns are affected with sickle cell disease. In the United Kingdom more than 200 newborns are infected with sickle cell disease. In the Middle East more than 6000 babies are born annually with sickle cell disease.

World Sickle Cell Day

In the year 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution which determines sickle cell disease as a public health problem and one of the world’s foremost genetic disease, requiring heightened awareness and activism, diagnosis and management. The result of the resolution was that June 19th was declared as World Sickle Cell to increase awareness of the condition all over the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has started work on a war footing to promote a world wide agenda to address hemoglobin dysfunctions.

WHO has made a commitment to:

  • Recognize that sickle cell disease is a major health issue.
  • Increase awareness of the world community regarding sickle cell disease.
  • Eliminate harmful and wrong prejudices associated with sickle cell disease.
  • Urges member countries where sickle cell disease is a public health problem to establish health programs at the national level and operate specialized centers for sickle cell disease and facilitate access to treatment.
  • Promote satisfactory access to medical services to people affected with sickle cell disease.
  • Provide technical support to all countries to prevent and manage sickle cell disease.
  • Promote and help research to improve the lives of people affected with sickle cell disease.

World Sickle Cell Day

The World Sickle Cell day is celebrated across the globe with special emphasis in African Nations and Asia. The celebrations include a press, media campaigns, music shows, cultural activities, and talk shows.

Since no known cure exists for sickle cell disease, the main goal is to prevent further complications due to sickle cell disease. The main emphasis is hence on educating medical professionals, care givers, and associated personnel about prevention, research, and resources to minimize the complications due to sickle cell disease. Hence June 19th is devoted mainly to spread awareness, through talks, seminars, pamphlets, literature and consultations.


   More in Society