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WORLD SICKLE CELL DISEASE DAY - 19TH JUNE

WORLD SICKLE CELL DISEASE DAY - 19TH JUNE

Context:

June 19th was officially designated as World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. The international awareness day is observed annually with the goal to increase public knowledge and an understanding of sickle cell disease, and the challenges experienced by patients and their families and caregivers.

Background:

  • On 22th December, 2008, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution recognising SCD as a public health problem.
  • The UNGA also recognised SCD as one of the 1st genetic diseases.

World Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Day 2021:

  • In partnership with FICCI, Novartis, Piramal Foundation, Apollo Hospitals, NASCO and GASCDO to commemorate the World Sickle Cell Disease Day on 19th June 2021, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MOTA) organized the 2nd Online National Conclave on 'Sickle Cell Disease in India'.
  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MOTA) flagged off mobile vans under the Unmukt project for strengthening screening and timely management of SCD in tribal districts of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Sickle cell disease:

  • It causes patients to have sickle-shaped red blood cells that can stick together and block blood flow and oxygen from reaching all parts of the body.
  • It is an inherited blood disorder.

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