Each One; Reach Six
On December 22nd, 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution recognizing Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as a public health concern. According to World Health Organization’s estimate, over 100 million people world-wide live with sickle cell.
Here in Canada, many remain oblivious to the existence of the disease, and yet the number of affected patients continues to grow.
MP. Kirsty Duncan introduced Bill C-221 in 2011 calling for a National Strategy for Sickle Cell Disease.
From May4th- 5th, 2015; in order to increase awareness of the disease; SCDAC/AAFC held its National Advocacy event on the Parliament Hill.
During this national exercise; Senator Jane Cordy on behalf of the SCDAC/AAFC introduced Bill S-227 calling for Canada to recognize June 19 as the National Sickle Cell Awareness Day. The Bill made its second reading on May 12th 2015 and has quickly moved to the committee. The Bill was supported by Senator Don Meredith.
A National Sickle Cell Awareness Day will increase knowledge and open the door for a coordinated health plan for thousands living with the disease in our country.
In anticipation of this year's World Sickle Cell Day celebrations; SCDAC/AAFC is asking you to spread the word by educating 6 people on SCD on June 19, 2015.
Examples of message you can pass on include:
1. Have you been tested for sickle cell disease?
2. Do you know your local sickle cell association?
3. Sickle cell affects the red blood cells
4. An estimated 3,500-5,000 Canadians live with sickle cell disease.
Test your knowledge- What makes the red cell sickle?
If you want to share the information through Twitter, tweet @sicklecellca using hashtag: #EachReachSix.
Help spread the word and be ready to join World Sickle Cell Day celebrations on 06-19-2015.