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Monday, 6 June 2016

Charity Walk For World Sickle Cell Day 2016

Nigeria has the highest number of people living with Sickle Cell Anaemia Disorder (SCD), a hereditary blood disorder in the world, affecting between 4 -6 million. It is estimated an average
of 150,000 children are born with SCD each year, out of which only 25% might live which is more
out of ignorance than the disorder itself. 

Moreover 1 in 4 people have the sickle cell trait, which is said to create the sickle cell gene. Despite these statistics, grassroots awareness and support remains an uphill task, especially with regards to advocacy of better treatment (physically and emotionally). 

The United Nation passed a resolution celebrating June 19th of every year as Sickle Cell Awareness Day, declaring it as a public health problem. Consequently in an effort to commemorate the annual global designated awareness day, the Coalition aims to hold activities to bring to fore the effects of sickle cell disorder to an individual and society at large.

The aim of the event is usually held to create awareness and disseminate information about sickle
cell, helping these NGOs to reach grassroot communities. This event is expected to host a walk
which will commence from within the IKEJA axis, starting from the Police College grounds Ikeja
to LTV 8 through Obafemi Awolowo Way. 

This World Sickle Cell Day Event will be commemorated by a joint walk and will culminate into an indoor games and competitions session with the participating NGOs and celebrities as captains of each team.  #SCDWalk4Life2016



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