The Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF) had a Meeting with Members of the Sickle Cell Club of UCH, Ibadan on Thursday 30th January 2014. This was a hugely successful outing as a 40 member strong team of the Club attended. The objective of the outing was to provide for the members of the Sickle Cell Club a rare opportunity of a platform to voice out their challenges as people living with sickle cell disease. The team expressed their appreciation after the meeting through their representative to the President of SCHAF.
Excerpts: “The members of the Sickle Cell Club, UCH Ibadan, express their profound gratitude to SCHAF for providing us the platform to voice out our challenges as people living with sickle cell disease. We also say thank you for the delicious meal and the drugs. Thank you Ma, for the time and all the resources you put together for the program. As you are helping us in this fight, we pray the Lord will crown your effort with success. Thanks”.
This outing marks the first leg of our program as our list includes within the next month of February, a visit to Oni Memorial http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/antibiotics/ Hospital, Ibadan, Maternity Hospital Yemetu and Ring Road Hospital Adeoyo to bring about the same message. The essence of these outings is to generate a documentation that will stir up the Stake holders, the Government and endowed Nigerians to take a good look at those affected by sickle cell disease in our community, consider their challenges and stretch out a hand to help them.
One of SCHAF’s laudable goals is to reduce the burden of Sickle cell disease among Nigerians while the other is to sensitize the youths in particular through awareness, education and GENOTYPE tests to make inform decisions as the need arises in the bid to reduce number of children born with Sickle cell disease in Nigeria. Scientists in the Journal PLOS have predicted a 30% increase in sickle cell cases by 2050 in West Africa and especially in the DR Congo and Nigeria in particular. All efforts have to be on deck to emulate the political commitment and the involvement of the citizenry that has resulted in Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf successfully effecting a drastic reduction in SCD prevalence from 2.1 % in 1985 to 0.4% in 2013.