Staff of AirtelTigo participated in an impactful volunteering exercise to support a sickle cell sensitization and screening exercise that was held in the Ajumako-Mando community over the weekend.
The staff of AirtelTigo spent time engaging with residents who showed up for the screening while supporting the medical practitioners from the International Sickle Cell Centre in their activities.
This exercise is part of ‘AirtelTigo Touching Lives’ initiative which has returned with a focus on health, especially awareness on Sickle Cell Disease. It will also shine the spotlight on other social interventions as well as the general wellbeing of Ghanaians.
Commending the employees for giving off their time and resources to be part of the exercise, Nancy Assor Asiedu-Amrado, Head of Brand and Communications at AirtelTigo remarked that “Staff of AirtelTigo present here at Ajumako-Mando have shown tremendous support in this exercise and exhibited what it means to be socially responsible. We are proud to have made a positive impact beyond the services we provide by partnering with ISCC to help screen and educate the community on SCD.”
This is against the background of research which reveals that approximately 18,000 children are born each year in Ghana with sickle cell disease (SCD) which is an inherited blood disorder.
The burden of SCD can be so crippling, especially for those living in rural communities where one may not be diagnosed early or have access to comprehensive medical care for treatment.
She stated, “as we endeavour to deliver the best and quality telecommunication service in Ghana, we are also driven by our mantra of making life simple for our customers through social investments that create value for the society in which we operate.”
The sensitization and screening exercise was organized in partnership with the International Sickle Cell Centre, Sysmex West & Central Africa, and Wesley Methodist Church. As part of the measures being taken to raise sickle-cell disease (SCD) awareness in Ghana and improve the lives of people living with the disease.