Story of a Warrior: Sickle Cell Anemia with Lea Kilenga

Story of a Warrior: Sickle Cell Anemia with Lea Kilenga

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What is it that ties you to your family that makes you belong? It may be hereditary or physical. It’s supposed to make you happy. But what if the hereditary trait works as a setback?

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The 63rd UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2008 on “the recognition of sickle cell anemia as a public health problem.” Efforts have been put in place by member states to fight sickle cell anemia.

Mayo Clinic defines sickle cell anemia as an inherited form of anemia, a condition in which there isn’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout one’s body. Sickle cell is inherited at birth and identifying the symptoms stands to be a challenge unless medical examinations have been conducted. 6 to 9 million infants are born with sickle cell in Africa with Kenya bearing a percentage of 28-35% carriers of the sickle trait gene. Have you had your child or young sibling under medical check- up recently to determine their health state? Are you aware of your sickle cell status?

What are your contributions in fighting sickle cell anemia?

Lea Kilenga, a sickle cell warrior, has made efforts to bring awareness of sickle cell in Kenya. A warrior that has stood the test of time; born with sickle cell anemia, medical experts predicted her death to be at age 16, came from a family where her siblings inherited the sickle cell and lost her sister as a result of the condition. She manages 10003 Warrior Project and is the programme manager for Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance of Kenya where she advocates for strategies of assisting persons and communities affected with sickle cell anemia.

Lea Kilenga visits us at Fatuma’s Voice this Saturday to share with us how growing up has been, the challenges she has faced and the reason she is a sickle cell anemia champion. We look forward to having you at this session so you may be equipped with knowledge of sickle cell anemia; how you can live with it or take care of people you know who are living with it.

Music and poetry are lined up.

Hashtag: #SickleCellChatKE

24.09.16
Pawa 254
5pm-8pm
100/-

www.fatumasvoive.org

 

Story of a Warrior: Sickle Cell Anemia with Lea Kilenga

Story of a Warrior: Sickle Cell Anemia with Lea Kilenga

This post has been read 2599 times!

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