Today 19th of June is World Sickle Cell Day!
It is a day celebrated all over the world in which people come to terms with the every fact about Sickle cell disease. The day is used to create awareness about the disease as well as the proper cure of the Disease.
It is an inheritable, genetic and fatal disease causing red blood cells disorders which has been classified as sickle cell anemia and may lead to death. It is the most common public health problem in the African and Asian countries of the world.
Sickle cell anemia means a person suffering from anemia (less number of hemoglobin) or [less blood in the body.
This is due to the abnormal shaped red blood cells which gets stuck in their small blood vessels and cause blockage in the continuation of the blood flow in the blood vessels and whole body organs cannot get proper oxygen which leads to the common health problems like severe pain, organ damage or failure, severe infections, stroke, headache, liver problems, heart problems and so many.
Facts about Sickle Cell Disease!
- Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide.
- Since 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually and this is in order to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the struggles sufferers and their families go through.
- World Sickle Cell Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 in order to increase the awareness about the sickle cell disease and its cure among the common public.
- It was celebrated first time on 19th of June in 2009.
- Sickle cell disease has become a common and foremost genetic disease worldwide.
- Reports say it must be cured through fast awareness campaign, curable activities, early diagnosis and management.
- The disease is present on four continents: in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Maghrib, in Asia (Middle-East, Arabic peninsula, India), in the Americas, on the North (USA), centre (Guatemala, Caribbean islands), and on the South (Brazil,Surinam, Guiana), in Southern Europe (Southern Italy and Sicily, Greece, Turkey).
- It is estimated that 500.000 are born every year with this severe and invalidating condition.
- Trans-continental, SCD is also trans-ethnic and affects black populations from African origin and Arabic, Indian and Caucasian populations from Southern Europe.
- Reports say World Sickle Cell Disease occurs in little small Children, especially at the point of their birth.
- The essence of the celebration is to raise the public awareness about the disease and help to get effective control over the situation.
- The day is celebrated annually as the active participation of the various government organizations, health funding agencies, non-government organizations, NGOs and other health organizations help to open the eyes of the people to the importance of knowledge concerning the disease.
- World Sickle Cell Day is celebrated to develop courage amongst the public and support them through some educational and dramatic activities aimed at removing social stigma and myths about sickle cell anemia.
- In 1999, the Have A Heart for Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation reportedly adopted a purple and fuchsia ribbon as a viable symbol to unite individuals interested in advancing the cause to improve the lives of individuals with sickle cell anemia. These colors were chosen because they adeptly symbolize the goals of the foundation.
- More than 90,000 to 100,000 people are affected by the disease in the United States.
- People in other countries are also said to be affected- they include India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Arabic peninsula, Brazil, Surinam, Guiana, Southern Italy, Greece and many others.