April 26, 2015

AFWN 2015 Supports the Sickle Cell Foundation

AFWN Founder Ms Ronke Ademuliyi is pleased to announce the Sickle Cell Foundation as our charity of choice to support for the 2nd year running. Our Global Goodwill Ambassador Ms Abiola Okoya further mentioned that we will continue to create more awareness and support for the Sickle Cell disorder by using the AFWN platform.


Many people are not aware that Nigeria is the country with the highest number of persons with sickle cell disorder in the world – over 150,000 babies are born with sickle cell anaemia (HbSS) every year in this country and Nigeria also has the largest pool of persons who are healthy carriers of the sickle cell gene (HbAS).
Nigeria should therefore be in the forefront of advancements in treatment and care and research for sickle cell. Sadly, this is not the case; the interventions that have been shown to improve the quality of life and longevity of people with sickle cell disorder have come from abroad; mostly from research funded and carried out in the United States of America.

There is a foundation in Nigeria that is not waiting for government to do everything and is poised to redress the afore-mentioned imbalance – this is the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN). The SCFN is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) with impeccable reputation and integrity as attested to by the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. For several years now, this Foundation has been working tirelessly to bring succour and hope to patients with sickle cell disorder.


The focus now is to extend all the above services to all parts of Nigeria and beyond and also to develop and strengthen research and capacity building.
The goal is to see that eventually, sickle cell is no longer viewed as a death sentence, but will be regarded as a chronic illness like hypertension or diabetes, which, though not curable, are treatable conditions - and affected people can live long, productive lives.
for more information visit Sickle Cell Foundation Website
Regarding the selection of the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN) as their charity of choice in 2015, I wish to express, on behalf of the board of directors of the SCFN and of all sickle cell affected persons and families, a sincere appreciation of the commitment of the African Fashion Week Nigeria to sickle cell disorder (SCD) in Nigeria. Discerning and well meaning Nigerians would be impressed by your choice as this should help increase awareness and vital education about SCD and of the work of the SCFN and hopefully, help raise funds needed to drive and sustain the activities of the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria. - Professor Olu Akinyanju, OON (Chairman, SCFN)

MAY 23rd @ The Eko Marquee 
MAY 24th @ The Eko Hotel 
Pre Gala Show
Gala Show

Tickets Available
The Eko Hotel,
AFWN HQ, 1 Cottage Drive Lekki Phase1.
Tickets also available online.

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