Nigeria will once again join the rest of the world to commemorate the 2017 World Sickle Cell Day – June 19 – as designated by the United Nations to draw attention and create necessary awareness to the problems posed by sickle cell disorder. The Coalition of Sickle Cell NGOs in Lagos State, comprising Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiaitve (SAMI), Dabma Foundation, Genotype Foundation, Tony May Foundation, Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF), Couple and Kids Initiative, Marvel Sickle Cell Foundation, Crimsonbow Sickle Cell Initiative, Noah’s Ark Foundation, Soulage Foundation, Nirvana Initiative and KAL Foundation, is organizing a charity walk with the theme “SCD: Break the Sickle Silence” on Saturday 17th June 2017.
The hashtag for this year’s event is #breaktheSickleSilence
The walk, which will kick start activities to commemorate World Sickle Cell Day 2017, will bring together people from all works of life to advocate the recognition of the disorder as a major public health problem in Nigeria where 1-in-4 people are healthy carriers of the sickle cell gene and over 150,000 children are born annually with symptomatic sickle cell Anaemia. The walk will traverse the route from the Bar Beach via Eko Hotel to Ozumba Mbadiwe to Ahmadu Bello Way and Back to Bar Beach from 7.00 – 10.00 am.
To participate in the walk, please register online at: http://www.bit.ly/
Call the following numbers: 08035846666, 08098007264 for more information.
For: Coalition of Sickle Cell NGOs in Lagos State.