Employees of Vodafone Ghana have partnered Sickle Life, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to commemorate this year’s World Sickle Cell Day.
A number of activities including free Sickle Cell screening, counselling and a blood donation exercise have been lined up at the Southern Area Blood Bank, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Saturday, June 18.
The project, which is partly funded by the Vodafone Ghana Foundation, is one of the 25 impactful community projects championed by Vodafone employees to mark 25 years of the Vodafone Group Foundation.
Head of Vodafone Ghana Foundation Nana Yaa Afriyie Ofori-Koree expressed concern about the prevalence of Sickle Cell in Ghana and the need for mass screening.
“We are passionate about health and focused on life-transforming initiatives to give every Ghanaian the chance to live a healthy and productive life. Sickle Cell is common in Ghana and we believe that screening and equipping people with the right information will dispel myths about the disease and help with prevention and management.”
Founder of Sickle Life Dr Sefakor Enam Bankas expressed gratitude to Vodafone Ghana for the support.
“Our core objective is to provide education on Sickle Cell Disease and empower people to make informed life choices. We encourage everyone to join us on this cause as we educate, screen and counsel the public as well as donate blood to support the management of the disease.”
Earlier this year, the Vodafone Ghana Foundation through its Employee Initiative Programme, partnered the Child Health Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to raise public awareness of the disease.