Our mission is to make Sickle Cell education and testing a national priority in Ghana
Sickle Cell Disease is a serious inherited blood disorder which affects a disproportionally large number of people in Africa. Is causes painful episodes that can damage organs and severely shorten lives. Around 25% of Ghanaians carry the genetic trait. Carriers don't have Sickle Cell Disease themselves, but when two parents that carry the trait have a child, there is a 25% chance that the child will be born with Sickle Cell Disease.
The majority of young people are under or mis-informed. They don't understand how it works, they don't know whether they have the trait, and they don't have any control over their future.
Despite the scale of the problem, Sickle Cell rarely makes it onto the national education or health agenda. Our goal is to change that, because we believe all young Ghanaians deserve to make informed choices, and all children born with Sickle Cell Disease deserve a chance at life.