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Freedom from Agony Sickle Cell Anemia Control Program, Gujarat

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Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a major public health problem in India, mainly seen in the tribal belt of Central and Southern India. The public health implications of Sickle Cell Anemia are significant leading to poor quality of life, lower life expectancy and higher rates of infant mortality. Sickle Cell Disease does not have any cure at present; therefore any strategy to deal with the disease should focus on prevention and early diagnosis to ensure effective management of the disease and put off a crisis situation. The Sickle Cell Anemia Control Programme does just that. Its focus is on early diagnosis of the disease, treatment and counselling of patients. Gujarat has initiated Sickle Cell Anemia Control Programme in all 12 tribal districts of Gujarat on PPP mode in 2006. The main activities under this program are Mass Screening, Antenatal Screening, and Prenatal diagnosis, New Born Screening, Counselling, Treatment and Follow up. For prevention of spread of Sickle gene in next generation, marriages between Sicklers and normal or two Sicklers have to be prevented. In the year, 2011 Gujarat Sickle Cell Anemia Control Society was formed to integrate the various activities for better implementation of the program. This program was honoured by "Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Public Administration" by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, GoI.