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 grassroots 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. The hashtag for the event will be #SCDWalk4Life2016
Sickle Cell is not a challenge we can face alone, we must come together to raise our voices and support for people with sickle cell. We must join hands to tackle this problem
Join 8 NGOs, 1000 people for 1 cause at 1 event as we walk in one voice to change our attitude towards sickle cell disorder
Kick off 7am at Police College. Ikeja
It’s time to change mindsets and policies
Ignorance is not an excuse
Register now at https://goo.gl/xx1Tpr
We need your presence
We need you prayers
We need your support
SPONSOR SOMEONE TO WALK @ 2k per head. Support in trenches of 5, 10, 20, 30 people
Further enquiries, partnership/support call 08098007264
Powered by a coalition of non governmental organisations in Lagos state:
Powered by Dabma sickle cell foundation with a Coalition of Sickle Cell Non-Governmental Organizations in Lagos state comprising of Crimson Bow NG,
Nike Opalemo Foundation,
Sickle Cell Advocacy Management Initiative, Sickle Cell Foundation, Nigeria
Tony May Foundation