WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY ON 19TH JUNE THE 10th ANNIVERSARY
World Sickle Cell Day is a United Nation’s recognized day to raise awareness of sickle cell at a national and international level. On 22ndDecember 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognizes sickle cell disease as a public health problem and “one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases.” The resolution calls for members to raise awareness of sickle cell on June 19th of each year at national and international level. This year Joanne Chazima sickle cell foundation in collaboration with other foundations in Kenya marked the day with a walk that was flagged off from Kenyatta National Hospital to Uhuru park where the whole event was held. Representatives from the ministry of Health and the state graced the colorful occasion. Presentations from sickle cell warriors that ranged from dance ,poems and songs ,speeches from government representatives, recommendations from health professionals and testimonies from caregivers and warriors were among the activities planned for the day .It was a successful event that gave us a platform to create awareness and urge our government to support sickle cell patients .