World Sickle Cell Day
World Sickle Cell Day is celebrated on June 19 of every year. Sickle Cell Disease is an inheritable, genetic and fatal disease causing red blood cells disorders which have been classified as sickle cell anemia and it may lead to death. World Sickle Cell Day is observed to cover all the curable standards through the fast awareness program to take this genetic health condition under control across the world. The variety of promotional activities will be conducted by the WHO (World Health Organization) on the worldwide level to fix this hemoglobin dysfunction issue.
“I am hoping to be able to lend my support to a Sickle Cell charity in the near future, as I want to try and help raise money and awareness about this disease.” – Jourdan Dunn
History of World Sickle Cell Day
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly created the World Sickle Cell Day to raise the awareness among the peoples about the sickle cell disease and its treatment methods. On 19th June of 2009, the World Sickle Cell Day was first observed. According to the reports, in Africa, nearly 1000 babies are taking birth on every day having Sickle Cell Disease and getting die up to five years of age. In the United States of America, nearly 100,000 peoples get affected with this disease. People in other countries like India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Arabic peninsula, Brazil, Surinam, Guiana, Southern Italy, Greece, etc., are also get affected by this disease. Hence it is big public health issue which is must to take under control to save our whole nation’s future. Hence World Sickle Cell Day is a perfect day to raise the public awareness about this fatal disease to get sufficient control over the situation.
Themes of World Sickle Cell Day
The current and past Themes of World Sickle Cell Day are listed below
- 2008: Recognition of sickle-cell anemia as a public health problem.
- 2009: The Burden of Sickle Cell Disease – a Public Health Approach.
- 2010: Awareness, Education, and Hope.
- 2011: Educate and Unite.
- 2012: Keeping Hope Alive.
- 2013: Know your sickle cell status.
- 2014: Break the Silence on Sickle Cell Disorder.
- 2015: Stop your Silence and Share your Truth.
- 2016: Exhibit courage and address ineffective areas of support.
Other Celebrations on June 19
June 19 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate World Sickle Cell Day
Celebrate the World Sickle Cell Day by increasing awareness about the sickle cell anemia as a major health issue across the worldwide. Establish several health activities to make easy access to the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease on the national and regional level. Promoting the availability of adequate access to the technical support and medical services for all people who are suffering from this disease. All the doctors will be given the good training facility for better prevention, research work and proper implementation of the resources minimizing disease complications. You can use the hashtag #WorldSickleCellDay to raise awareness on social media.