By Ademola Orunbon
A foremost Indigenous Crowd Funding Platform, (Quickraiz), said it is partnering with Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, to ameliorate the Sickle Cell killer diseases in the country.
According to them, the move will actualize the objective of a robust innovative technological intervention that creates economic development and to reduce the menace of the disease Nigeria.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ativo Ltd, owners of Quickraiz, Mr. Bayo Adeokun, while addressing newsmen in Lagos, said he chose to partner the Sickle cell Foundation Nigeria because of its antecedent and been a credible organization that epitomize the kind of Non–Government organization (NGO), which aimed at tackling the killer diseases among the younger generations.
He added that the Sickle-Cell Disease (SCD) was a group of blood disorders typically inherited from the parents, noting that the most common type was known as Sickle-Cell Anemia (SCA), which resulted in an abnormally in the oxygen-carrying protein hemoglobin (hemoglobin S) found in red blood cells.
He said problems in sickle cell disease typically begin around 5 to 6 months of age and a number of health problem may develop, such as attacks of pain (sickle cell crisis), anemia, swelling in the hands and feet, bacterial infection, and stroke, noting that its partnership was geared towards improving the wellbeing of persons living with Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD),
According to him, “The Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria is seeking a total of N2, 000,000 to support the treatment of 10 indigent patients that cannot afford the requisite financial requirement, but Quickraiz being a crowd funding platform where genuine causes like sickle cell disorder, could be ameliorated through the provision of donations by the general public, is pulling her weight on the campaign by appealing to the benevolence of philanthropist, celebrities, religious institutions and corporate organizations through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”
Adeokun further noted that “the recent campaign created on our platform, “free treatment for chronic leg ulcer in sickle cell disorder was the most unbearable and stigmatizing complication of sickle cell disorder that requires the benevolence of the general public.”
The National Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Dr. Annette Akinsete, while speaking on the prevalence of Sickle Cell Disorder in the country said “Nigeria has the highest burden of Sickle Cell in the world where 150,000 babies are born every year with Sickle cell disorder and sadly 100,000 do not live to celebrate their 5th birthday.
“Approximately 80per cent of individuals with SCD globally are born in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more than half of affected individuals dies before age of five due to preventable complications. In Nigeria, it is estimated that 150,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease every year”, he said
He said World Health Organization (W.H.O) in its resolution at the 63rd world health assembly in May 2010 resolved to increase awareness of the international community of the global burden of sickle Cell disorder and promote equitable access to health services.
It may be recalled that recently at the event marking the first anniversary of Quickraiz, several beneficiaries of the benevolence of the public including Sickle cell patients gave testimony of how the platform helped in raising funds for their various needs. Quickraiz was a crowd funding platform where you could raise or donate funds to causes like Medical related issue, education, Charity, Weddings, Memorials, Alumni association projects, Group gifting to mention but a few.
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