The World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is celebrated on June 19th of each year to raise the public awareness about the sickle cell disease and its management. Its history dated back to decades of advocacy that prompted the United Nations in December 2008 to resolve and recognise sickle cell disease as a public health problem and to mark the World Sickle Cell Day (WSCD) on June 19 every year, starting from 2009. Therefore, this year 2021 marks the 12th anniversary of the World Sickle Cell Disease Day. The intention is that the WSCD will create awareness and draw attention of governments, donors and all stake holders every year, to what has been achieved and what needs to be done to address SCD in each of the affected countries.
This year’s The World Sickle Cell Awareness Day was organized by Sickle Cell Disease Eradication Initiative (SCDEI) in collaboration with Yobe State Ministry of Health and Human services. With the theme “Empowering the Society to Eradicate Sickle Cell Disease”.