Health Days 2022

World Sickle Cell Day

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is annually celebrated on June 19th. 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 infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.

Symptoms of SCD:
  1. Episodes of pain
  2. Swelling of hands and feet.
  3. 3Frequent infections.
  4. Delayed growth or puberty.
  5. Vision problems.

  • SCD affects millions around the world.
  • SCD is particularly common in individuals in Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Central America, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, and Mediterranean countries, such as: Turkey, Greece and Italy.
  • SCD is a major public health concern. From 1989 to 1993, an average of 75,000 hospitalizations; due to SCD occurred in the United States, costing approximately $475 million.
  • ​Raising awareness about SCD.
  • Supporting sickle cell patients. 
Official Date:
Globally: June 19th, 2022
Locally: Dhul-Qi‘dah, 1443H.

«Shine the Light on Sickle Cell»

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America ​

Last Update : 06 June 2022 03:19 PM
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