Date: June 19th 2021
World Sickle Cell Day is marked on June 19. The day as the name suggests is for raising awareness about sickle cell disease. This disease is a type of blood disorder which gets passed down from parents to children. It is primarily a group of disorders which affects the molecule in red blood cells, and haemoglobin. Those diagnosed with Sickle disease have haemoglobin S. This is an atypical haemoglobin molecule that has the tendency to distort red blood cells into a sickle. The day came to existence in 2008 after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) acknowledged sickle cell disease as a public health problem. The UNGA also recognised Sickle disease as one of the first genetic diseases. The symptoms of the disease generally appear at the age of five months and tend to change over time. Even though the symptoms vary from person to person and can change from time to time. Some of the common symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease include Anaemia, Swelling in hands and feet, eyesight problems, pain, delay in growth and regular infections.