Gambia Sickle Cell Association (GSCA) is preparing to embark on a nationwide
sensitisation tour to raise awareness of communities on sickle cell disease and
to improve the quality of life, empower individuals and families of those
affected by the disease.
President of the Association Mr. Sambou said the tour will be geared towards the achievement of their set target goals including a successful celebration of the World Sickle Cell Day, which is slated for 19th June.
Mr. Sambou explained that the organisation was established in August 2007, when two University of The Gambia friends realised the need for sickle cell awareness in Gambian communities. “They joined forces to create the Sickle Cell Association Banjul Chapter (The Gambia). It aims to build awareness within our communities and to bring positive impact on the lives of individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease.”
He said the ultimate goal is to improve the lives of children and families affected by sickle cell disorders through effective implementation of the newborn screening follow-up programme services. “We believe that through education, we can move towards a world- free of health, economic and social disparities caused by sickle cell disease,” he stated.
According to him, dissemination of information and educating communities on sickle cell anemia is their main objective, saying they exist to provide care and support for the chronically ill, the poor and less privileged in society, collaborate and establish links with organisations and agencies involved in the fight against sickle cell and promote education and self-reliance of young people.