CDC Celebrates World Sickle Cell Day with Launch of New Resources!
World Sickle Cell Day
June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that affect millions of people worldwide. SCD can cause pain and other serious problems such as infection, vision loss, and stroke, and can lead to lifelong disabilities and reduce average life expectancy. We invite you to join us in raising awareness by reading and sharing our new SCD resources!
Sickle Cell Disease of the Week in CDC’s tablet application
Sickle cell disease is featured as the Disease of the Week in CDC’s tablet application. The application is available for download on iOS and android operating systems. The content is also available on the CDC website. Users can learn key facts, prevention tips, and take a quiz to test their knowledge about the sickle cell disease.
New Sickle Cell Trait Fact Sheets
New fact sheets have been added to the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit. The toolkit is a collection of resources to increase understanding of sickle cell trait. There is something for everyone! There are new fact sheets designed for both patients and providers on the following subjects:
Patient Fact Sheets
- Eye Problems and Sickle Cell Trait: Learn How You Can Help Protect Your Vision
- Blood in Your Urine? Don’t Delay, See Your Healthcare Provider Today!
- Sickle Cell and Damage to the Spleen: Get the Facts!
Provider Fact Sheets
- Sickle Cell Trait and Glaucoma Post-Hyphema: Tips to Protect Your Patient’s Vision
- Sickle Cell Trait and Hematuria: Information for Healthcare Providers
- Sickle Cell Trait and Splenic Infarct: Information for Healthcare Providers
Launch of New Sickle Cell Data Collection Webpage
The Sickle Cell Data Collection program (formerly known as the Longitudinal Data Collection System) is redesigning its website to provide an enhanced description of how it collects health information about people with SCD to study long-term health trends. Check out the website to discover how the program can inform policy and healthcare decisions that will improve quality of life for people with SCD, and stay tuned for updates!
What You Can Do
Spread the word! We encourage you to share our new resources with your colleagues and friends. We will be sharing messages about World Sickle Cell Day on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CDC_NCBDDD. We invite you to follow, re-post, and re-tweet @CDC_NCBDDD! For more information about SCD, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/index.html. Thank you for your continued support and for your interest in learning more about this condition.