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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