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Every year, 19th June is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic diseas...

Every year, 19th June is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.


Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide. Since 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the struggles sufferers and their families go through.


The date was chosen to commemorate the day on which a resolution was officially adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, recognising SCD as a public health concern.


SCD affects millions of people around the world, including both adults and children. It is a potentially fatal disease and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is one of the main causes of premature death amongst children under the age of five in various African countries.


Please take a few minutes to increase your understanding of sickle cell disease, its signs and symptoms.

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  • While screening for sickle cell disease in the Cayman Islands has been in place since the early 1970s for high risk families, and since the 1980s for school entry screening, routine newborn screening has been in place since 1997. This has helped in early identification of sickle cell trait and...
    While screening for sickle cell disease in the Cayman Islands has been in place since the early 1970s for high risk families, and since the 1980s for school entry screening, routine newborn screening has been in place since 1997. This has helped in early identification of sickle cell trait and disease with appropriate counseling and management.

    “It is important to test for sickle cell trait- as this information can help parents make informed reproductive choices. If someone has sickle cell trait, it is important to know if one’s partner is also a carrier. If both parents are sickle cell carriers, then with each pregnancy, there is a 25% risk of having a child with sickle cell disease. While sickle cell trait is mild, sickle cell disease is serious”, said Mrs. Joy Merren, Genetics Coordinator at the Health Services Authority.

    At present, there are 46 persons with sickle cell disease known to the Public Health Department. Sickle cell disease is a chronic disorder. In the Cayman Islands, we have facilities to diagnose sickle cell disease and to manage it.

    A Sickle Cell Support Group meets four times a year. Patients and families receive information on management of the disorder as well as support. For further information, please contact Mrs. Joy Merren, Genetics Coordinator, on 244-2630 at the Public Health Department.
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