World Sickle Cell Day, 19th June 2020
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The 19th June is World Sickle Cell Day – a day dedicated to raise awareness of sickle cell at a national and international level.

On 22nd December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognises sickle cell disease as a public health problem and “one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases.”

What is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)?

• Sickle cell disorders are a group of illnesses (genetic condition) which affect your red blood cells.

• Causes normally round and flexible blood cells to become stiff and sickle shaped, stopping the blood cells, and the oxygen they carry, from being able to move freely around the body and causing severe episodes of pain.

• People with sickle cell are also at risk of complications stroke, acute chest syndrome, blindness, bone damage and priapism (a persistent, painful erection of the penis).

• Over time people with sickle cell can experience damage to organs such as the liver, kidney, lungs, heart and spleen. Treatment of sickle cell mostly focuses on preventing and treating complications.

Source: https://www.sicklecellsociety.org/wscd/
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