At Save A Child International, we believe that individuals with sickle cell disease have the right to quality care and support. We do not discriminate between the different types of sickle cell disorders and we serve all patients with sickle cell disease and their families.
We have a dedicated network of volunteers who play a crucial part in our children’s charitable organization in Atlanta, Georgia. They provide administrative backup, accommodation, and logistics support to the children and parents that we bring to the United States for treatment and help with fundraising events and other charitable activities.
What Is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle cell disease is a condition wherein the red blood cells are irregularly shaped. Typically, red blood cells are shaped like round discs. However, in sickle cell disease, they are shaped like sickles (crescent moons) instead. These irregularly shaped cells get stuck together and eventually block small blood vessels which prevents blood from moving as it should, resulting in pain and organ damage.
Possible Health Complications
People with sickle cell disease can experience complications which require immediate care by a doctor. Unfortunately, children in sub-Saharan Africa don’t always have access to the care and treatments that they need. This is where we can help. As one of the premier African children’s charities in Georgia, we strive to bring these children to the United States to get the treatment that they require.
Some of the complications that patients with sickle cell disease may experience, include:
- Acute Chest Syndrome
- Hand-Foot Syndrome (also known as dactylitis)
- Splenic Sequestration Crises
How You Can Help
Donations from the public are an important part of our organization. Without your charitable donations in Georgia, we would be unable to finance the necessary medical treatments, campaigns, research programs, and welfare projects that we provide to children and families in need. We benefit from the support of individuals and organizations who play a crucial role in our success.