Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders.

SCD affects millions of people throughout the world and is particularly common among those whose ancestors come from sub- Saharan Africa; regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, the Caribbean, and Central America); Saudi Arabia; India; and Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

Since 2008, and we are celebrating World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, aiming to increase public awareness about Sickle cell disease. June, 19th was selected for this awareness day as the General Assembly of the United Nations officially recognized SCD as a public healthcare concerning disease in this date.

As a health care organization continuously striving for a better community and healthier society, GHC Gentium Healthcare decided to donate WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY a symbolic logo to remind the public about the quintessence of the disease. GHC Gentium Healthcare designed this symbol as a factual consequence of the following:

1- Six (6) sickle cell symbolizing all haplotypes for Sickle Cell Disease

  • Senegal (SEN)
  • Benin (BEN)
  • Bantu or Central African Republic (CAR)
  • Cameroon (CAM)
  • Arab-Indian (ARAB)
  • Atypical haplotypes

2- Two strands representing human DNA of 23 pairs

3- Sickle Cell Disease mutation marked by red stain on chromosome number 11.

GHC Gentium staunchly believes in unity and community. With One Emblem, let us unite on World Sickle Cell Day.

References:

Loggetto SR. Sickle cell anemia: clinical diversity and beta S-globin haplotypes. Rev Bras Hematol Hemoter. 2013;35(3):155-157. doi:10.5581/1516-8484.20130048https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/documents/SCD-factsheet_What-is-SCD.pdf