World Sickle Cell Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 in order to increase the awareness about the sickle cell disease and its cure among the common public and also to decrease the myths related to this disease. It was celebrated first time on 19th of June, 2009. Sickle cell disease has become a common and foremost genetic disease worldwide which is must to cure through the fast awareness campaign, curable activities, early diagnosis and management. Moe than 1000 babies are taking birth every day having Sickle Cell Disease in the Africa and getting die up to five years of age. More than 90,000 to 100,000 people are affected of this disease in the United States. Persons of other countries also get affected by this disease.
It is an inheritable, genetic and fatal disease causing red blood cells disorders which has been classified as sickle cell anemia and may lead to death. Patients of sickle cell anemia suffer from anemia (less number of hemoglobin) due to the abnormal shaped red blood cells which gets stuck in their small blood vessels and cause blockage in the continuation of the blood flow in the blood vessels and whole body organs cannot get proper oxygen which leads to the common health problems like severe pain, organ damage or failure, severe infections, stroke, headache, liver problems, heart problems and so many.
It is celebrated to develop courage among public and support them through the educational and dramatic activities aiming to remove social stigma and myths about sickle cell anemia. It needs implementing widespread health programs for the screening of patients and early diagnosis of this disease. Sickle cell anemia gets transferred from mother to child, early diagnosis and correct treatment of pregnant women can help their child to decrease the risk. New parents are focused to get aware about the immunizations and its comprehensive care packages.
Sickle cell anemia is a disease, which mostly get undiagnosed and untreated. People must get early diagnosis to get over this disease. People have certain myths on this disease, and doesn't want to talk about the disease which should be removed. As discussing the disease with someone can save one precious life. This world sickle cell day let delete this myths and increase our awareness, so that another person can get help from.