Health Days 2011
Genetic blood Disorders Awareness Week
 
Introduction:
The Genetic Blood Disorders Awareness Week falls on the period from 25 to 31 October every year. It is intended to encourage the provision of social and psychological care for patients, raise the society's knowledge of genetic blood disorders: their types, treatment and means of prevention. It also aims to draw attention to how patients can adapt to such diseases and disorders, and to shed light on the necessity of premarital examination, inasmuch as it one of the most common diseases, especially, in cases of endogamy.
According to the statistics released by the Ministry of Health (Health Marriage Against Genetic Blood Disorders Program: Sickle Cell Anemia and Thalassemia), from 1425H till the end of 1431H, the incidence of sickle cell anemia incidence recorded was 0.26%, whereas the incidence of thalassemia was 0.04%.
 
International Date: 25-31/10/2011
Local Date: 27/11/1432 to 04/12/1432H
 
Theme of the Genetic Blood Disorders Awareness Week:
 (Genetic Blood Disorders: Know Them to Avoid Them)
                                                                                                                                                                                       
Targeted Group:
  •  Patients.
  •  All family members.
  •  Persons with a family history of the disease.
  •  Workers in the medical field.
 
General Objectives and Mission of the Awareness Week:
  •  To foster the public awareness of the danger of genetic blood disorders, by giving lectures and speeches on the subject, and raise the knowledge of the society members to combat the disease.
  •  To promote the societal knowledge of the nature of genetic blood disorders (most notably: thalassemia, sickle cell anemia and folate-deficiency anemia), in addition to its means of prevention.
    To shed light on the necessity of premarital medical examination, to detect genetic blood disorders, especially in cases of endogamy, and people with a family history of the disease.
 
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