WHO And The World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Since 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually, in order to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the struggles sufferers and their families go through. The date was chosen to commemorate the day on which a resolution was officially adopted…

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Overcoming the Stigma of Sickle Cell Disease

People in communities, healthcare facilities, and even family units sometimes develop an unfair perception of people who have Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), which can lead to bias and stigma. And though there are tips an individual with SCD can follow to minimize stigma, healthcare providers, families, communities and the public…

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Preventing Infections And Treating Anemia In People With Sickle Cell Disease

As people with sickle cell disease are more vulnerable to infections, treatment will usually be needed to reduce this risk. Most people need to take a daily dose of antibiotics (usually penicillin), often for the rest of their lives. Long-term use of antibiotics won’t pose any serious risks to health. Children with…

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Dating A Sickle Cell Individual

Individuals living with Sickle Cell should be treated with love, care, and patience. They are very much like every other human, and should not be stigmatized against due to the condition. However, quiet a number of people avoid dating them due to fear, and myths that they do not live long and others…

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Exercising With Sickle Cell

There is a myth that people living with the sickle cell condition should not participate in exercise activities. This is because it is believed that strenuous activities like exercising causes can trigger crisis. While this is true to an extent, there are some tips to take into consideration to enable…

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Identifying complications that can arise from Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell disease (SCD) can cause severe complications. These complications appear when the sickle cells block vessels in different areas of the body. These painful or damaging blockages are called sickle cell crises. Some of the complications includes; Severe Anemia Anemia is a shortage of red blood cells. This breaking…

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What You Need To Know About Sickle Cell 2

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. Normal blood cells contain Hemoglobin A (HbA). People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly an abnormal form of hemoglobin; this could be ‘hemoglobin S’ (HbS), ‘hemoglobin C’ (HbC), hemoglobin D (HbD),…

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What You Need To Know About Sickle Cell 1

Did you know that: 25 % of Nigerians are carriers for sickle cell, that is, one in four Nigerians carry the sickle cell gene. Nigeria has the largest number of people suffering from sickle cell disease in the world. Every year, around 150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand) Nigerian babies…

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