World Sickle Cell Day: Shining a light on sickle cell disease

World Sickle Cell Day (19 June) is observed annually with the aim of increasing public knowledge of sickle cell disease, and the challenges experienced by patients, their families and caregivers. To help improve understanding of sickle cell disease, our article looks at the pathology of the disease, its prevalence and available treatment. Sickle cell disease (also …

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World Sickle Cell Day: Raising awareness for a local and global problem

Each year, 19 June marks World Sickle Cell Day – an event established in 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of sickle cell disease at a national and international level. Sickle cell disease (of which a common form is sickle cell anaemia) is a devastating inherited blood disorder. People suffering from …

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A spotlight on sickle cell disease: Raising awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

  Sickle cell disease (also called sickle cell anaemia) is a devastating inherited blood disorder, and patients who have it are categorised as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ to COVID-19 [1]. Although it is rare, sickle cell disease is the fastest growing genetic disorder in the UK [2], and there is an urgent need for increased awareness of the disease to help …

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