As the World Sickle Cell Society today, June 19, marks 40 years of working in the Sickle Cell global community, this year is all about keeping the awareness stronger and potent especially as these persons are more prone to the pandemic invasion.
Let us spread the word and help by educating people about sickle cell anemia. .
World Sickle Cell Awareness Day .#Ivoryhealthclub #Worldsicklecellday #sicklecellawareness #sicklecellanemia #worldsicklecellday2020 #staysafe pic.twitter.com/3qExChuHMS
— Mcafe_ivory (@mcafe_ivory) June 19, 2020
It’s Sickle Cell Awareness Day!
Find out what your genotype is by getting a blood test. If you plan on having children, I think it’s worth asking about genotypes on a first date.
This image shows how sickle cell is transmitted. pic.twitter.com/gfclq70mr3
— Sallie (@salliefoyeh) June 19, 2020
People and Organisations are speaking out on the need to know your status and get tested, they are giving hope, and trying to stay positive in the face of the pandemic.
It’s World Sickle Cell Awareness Day!!!
JCIN UNILORIN is celebrating the day.
Let’s together secure a safe, and healthy future Generation free of the Sickle cell genotype. pic.twitter.com/uwSuhkGPY7
— JCIUNILORIN (@JCI_UNILORIN) June 19, 2020
This World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, we have our Official #Ambassador @PeterKhalilMP takes part in the #KnowYourSickleCellStatus #SickleCellDisease #Awareness @AggieMN @MVEG001 @wilko3040 @scd_talks pic.twitter.com/0etKV6Qgof
— Australian Sickle Cell Advocacy Inc (ASCA) (@AuSickle) June 19, 2020
— RED CELLS R US ❣ (@RedCellsrus) June 18, 2020
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders.
Healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body.
In someone who has SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells.
Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow.
This can cause pain and other serious problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.