MENTORS MATTER!

Dr. Buadu (Sickle Life) and Medical Students (facing camera) interacting with clients at the adolescent clinic. ​Living with a chronic medical condition is quite difficult for children and especially difficult through adolescence as young people transition into adulthood. We often begin to wonder why we are different, why us in particular, why so many medications to Read more about MENTORS MATTER![…]

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WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY, 2017- Know Your Sickle Status Now.

World Sickle Cell Day is commemorated annually on the 19th June to draw attention to Sickle Cell Disease globally. In 2017, The Information Services Department (ISD), Obuasi district organized a number of events from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd June 2017 to draw attention to this condition within the district. Under the theme, “KNOW YOUR Read more about WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY, 2017- Know Your Sickle Status Now.[…]

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Sickle Life- Review. 

​Republished with permission of Daniel Nyakutsey. This article was first published by Daniel Nyakutsey via www. sicklecellwelfareforum.com on December 26, 2016. I visit Ghana when I can to at the very least enjoy the sun, sea, the tasty food and as a reality check for myself. On my most recent trip, I had the honour Read more about Sickle Life- Review. […]

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2016.

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” ~ DeAnn Hollis. 2016 was truly an impressive year for Sickle Life in many respects. Beyond the formalization of our activities as a non-governmental organization in Ghana and successful Read more about 2016.[…]

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World Sickle Cell Day Report- 2016.

    Hello everyone, it’s been quite an interesting week in Ghana. Congratulations to Ghanaians for generally peaceful elections and the ongoing transition process. We at Sickle Life are earnestly looking forward to 2017 with all the opportunities it holds. First however, we need to address the elephant in the room, The 2016 World Sickle Read more about World Sickle Cell Day Report- 2016.[…]

Team Care Slashes Deaths From Pregnancy In Sickle Cell Anemia in Ghana. 

 http://www.forbes.com/sites/elaineschattner/2016/12/04/team-care-slashes-the-maternal-death-rate-in-sickle-cell-anemia/#53d8a64134c1 Life saving Sickle Cell Research making real impact in Ghana.  We are glad to see this work published and have quantifiable outcomes that improve the lives of persons living with Sickle Cell Disease. We hope for more of such interventions across several medical disciplines to further improve the quality of life of patients. Congratulations Read more about Team Care Slashes Deaths From Pregnancy In Sickle Cell Anemia in Ghana. […]

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August – November 2016

    Hello everyone! It’s been a while hasn’t it? We trust you have been well. For all our followers via sicklelife.org only, it may seem like an eternity but we assure you, Sickle Life has been working behind the scenes to create awareness about Sickle Cell Disease. Do follow us on Social media (Facebook-Sickle Life, Instagram/ Twitter- Read more about August – November 2016[…]

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Folic Acid.

Sickle Cell Disease is characterised by a reduction in the lifespan of Red Blood Cells. These Red Blood Cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to various parts of the body. Normal Red Blood Cells have a lifespan of about 120 days. In patients with Sickle Cell Disease/Anaemia, this is reduced. The Red Blood Cells breakdown Read more about Folic Acid.[…]

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THE SICKLING TEST.

Narratives (after a sickling test): Health worker: Your sickling test is positive, which means you have Sickle Cell Disease. Patient: That explains why I am always ill. Health worker: Your sickling test is positive, which means you have Sickle Cell Disease. Patient: Are you sure, but I hardly fall sick. Health worker: Your sickling test is Read more about THE SICKLING TEST.[…]

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Health Talk-Resurrection Presbyterian Church.

On Sunday the 17th of April 2016, Sickle Life was privileged to fellowship with members of the Resurrection Presbyterian Church, Agbogba on the first day of their Young Adults Fellowship (YAF) week celebration. This was a health talk on the topic Sickle Cell Disease. It was delivered by Sickle Life founder, Dr. Sefakor Enam Bankas. Read more about Health Talk-Resurrection Presbyterian Church.[…]

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My Sickle Life: Preparing For The Unexpected.

Living with a chronic medical condition like Sickle Cell Disease is a very tedious balancing act. There are several variables and too many moving parts which make staying healthy almost impossible. Every action must be taken with complete consideration of its potential to cause illness or affect health. Will it rain tomorrow, will I have Read more about My Sickle Life: Preparing For The Unexpected.[…]

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My Sickle Life: Taming Sickle Cell.

I am an advocate and person living with Sickle Cell disease. Fortunately, I am educated and have the ability to find a job unlike many of the persons  living with sickle cell disease I meet through my advocacy activities. Beyond online advocacy, we go on outreaches to remote villages in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Read more about My Sickle Life: Taming Sickle Cell.[…]

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Curing Sickle Cell.

Disease, in our minds is not acceptable. We do not talk about it openly. We reject, refuse and pray away disease. In some cases, we blame people for their illnesses, after all there must be a reason. “One certainly must have offended some god or God to be ill”. Worse still are those said to Read more about Curing Sickle Cell.[…]

Sickle Cell Awareness Survey.

Please click the link below to answer 2 questions to help Sickle Life serve you better. Click here: Sickle Cell Awareness Survey.   (Please click this link: Sickle Cell Awareness Survey to complete the survey.) This survey is confidential and safe. You are not required to identify yourself. Please answer once and invite your friends and family to Read more about Sickle Cell Awareness Survey.[…]

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My Sickle Life: The Plan Had Changed!

Have you ever thought of or experienced anything that could change your life and cause a wave of worry and despair to the people that care about you? I have! I wish it were merely a disaster or an apocalyptic destruction or something that could be managed temporarily and not permanently distort my life. However, Read more about My Sickle Life: The Plan Had Changed![…]

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Loving Logically.

Love, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a strong or constant affection for a person while logic, simply, is a proper or reasonable way of thinking about or understanding something. Conventional wisdom dictates that these two are mutually exclusive. After all, how can anyone attempt to be smart or logical about love? Lori Foster says, Read more about Loving Logically.[…]

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Remembering Paul… (2)

It’s hard to eulogize someone when the very process feels like ceding to a mutual enemy, but this is important. It must be done. Ours was not a chance encounter. Earliest I can remember, my mom would always encourage me to aspire to more and to be more. Disease was not a limitation, illness was Read more about Remembering Paul… (2)[…]

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Remembering Paul… (1)

Dr. Paul Mensah qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) in 2002. He joined the Department of Haematology in April 2004 as a medical officer. He was an intelligent, hardworking and meticulous person who carried out his work with great passion. In October 2007, he became the first person Read more about Remembering Paul… (1)[…]