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Corporate Social Responsibility

The Sickle Cell Aid Foundation

The Sickle Cell Aid Foundation is a youth led non-profit, non-governmental organisation established to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and related health conditions. Nigeria records the highest incidences of the sickle cell gene and disease globally with 150,000 children born with SCD each year and 100,000 of them die before they are 5. This indicates that there is still a lot amiss regarding awareness and delivery of medical care to patients who have SCD, especially the young and indigent.

In 2012, SCAF commenced the Know Your Genotype Campaign (KYGC) which involves carrying out free genotype tests, counselling and sensitisation in the F.C.T. We have so far carried out about 10,000 free genotype tests across 5 States in Nigeria and it remains the largest on-going campaign on sickle cell advocacy in Nigeria.

In furthering our objectives, we have developed the Haima Health Initiative, the first of its kind in Nigeria, which allows people to register as voluntary blood donors that can be called on in emergency situations. We currently have about 500 registered donors in the F.C.T who have donated over 200 pints of blood directly to patients. The goal is to increase the number of voluntary blood donors and create a culture of donation devoid of superstition especially amongst young persons.

We also run a patient support for sickle cell patients and have successfully raised over 15 million naira for surgeries, hospital bills and medical supplies. Our activities have reached over 15,000 persons across Nigeria.

These achievements, however humble have earned us numerous awards including the Queens Young Leaders Award (presented by the Queen of England), the Future Awards Africa, Young African Leaders Initiative (presented by the United States Embassy) and various fellowships. More so, Ms Zahra Buhari, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, and musician Adekunle Gold have come on board as ambassadors.

SCAF hopes to replicate these programs across several states with high incidence of sickle cell trait, starting with Delta, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Kano and Lagos. We are also hoping to assist a number of SCD patients who require urgent hip and knee replacement surgeries, but are unable to afford it. Furthermore, we are working towards setting up a sustainable social enterprise, which would ensure the economic empowerment of persons with SCD.

For further information and to get involved on SCAF and our projects, please visit www.scaf.org.ng or get in touch on the following email: scafnigeria@yahoo.com

 
 

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