World sickle cell day marked in Mombasa

World Sickle cell day marked in Mombasa. PHOTO: MOSPHINE MUKODO

Mombasa, KENYA: The sickle cell foundations jointly with the Technical University of Mombasa on Sunday marked the Sickle cell day by holding a campaign to create awareness of sickle cell anemia.

Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is an inherited disorder of the red blood cells that causes them to change from their normal shape, carry less oxygen, and die sooner than ordinary red blood cells.

The World sickle cell day is commemorated on 19th of June each year, however, in Mombasa, the world sickle cell day was commemorated on 23rd of June due to the Idd celebrations.

The Sickle cell foundation in Mombasa was founded in the year 1994 by  Noah Nalaunde and it’s located in Mikindani.

The aim of the foundation is to provide treatment among the common public and to create awareness.

The event held On 23rd of June by the foundation engaged students from different schools and organizations so as to create awareness.

During the awareness, people were involved in a charity walk around the town, free sickle cell treatment, blood donation and blood testing which was provided by foundation and the medical students at the Technical University of Mombasa.