People with sickle cell disease (SCD) are afflicted on two fronts – one by having a serious, chronic condition that inflicts pain and other complications – the other by a fragmented system of care.
Even though we know what causes SCD, there are only two FDA-approved treatments, and no widely available cures. Individuals with SCD suffer from severe pain and infections with devastating complications such as brain injury, stroke, organ damage, and premature death. People with SCD are often unable to access quality care and the treatments they need.
The status quo is unacceptable, and we are setting out to change it.
Today, there are opportunities to transform this disease and the way we care for people with SCD. We are launching an international call to action on SCD by bringing together researchers, clinicians, individuals with SCD and their families, policymakers, and the private sector to focus our collective efforts and change the state of SCD around the world.
The time is now to change the course of this disease. Here’s how you can join us:
As an Organization
- Pledge to take on activities or programs that will move the needle on SCD. Advocacy organizations, government agencies, companies, policymakers, and foundations can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share how they plan to help us transform SCD.
As an Individual
- Spread the word about the need to improve the state of SCD. Share our video and SCD fact images on social media. Use #conquerSCD to highlight our cause.
- Encourage your Member of Congress to join the Congressional Sickle Cell Disease Caucus.
- Read the State of Sickle Cell Disease: 2018 Report Card. This report card was compiled by the American Society of Hematology based on the feedback of more than 100 thought leaders and has been endorsed by several organizations.