World Sickle Cell Day
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) sponsors World Sickle Cell Day on June 19 to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and the challenges that patients and their families face. Use these resources from SCDAA and SiNERGe to shine the light on sickle cell disease.
Goal: Prevent illness and disability related to blood disorders.
Millions of people in the United States carry genes that can cause blood disorders like sickle cell disease and hemophilia. Healthy People 2030 focuses on improving health and quality of life for people who have blood disorders.
Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that affects more than 100,000 people in the United States.1 Interventions, like strategies to increase use of hydroxyurea, can improve the health outcomes of people with sickle cell disease, and blood transfusions can help prevent and treat complications.
Hemophilia is a chronic bleeding disease that mainly affects males. Interventions to promote preventive treatments can reduce joint damage and disability in people with hemophilia.2
And don’t forget to check out the Healthy People 2030 Blood Disorders objectives to learn about efforts to prevent illness and disability related to blood disorders.