As defined by DSC, Sickle Cell Advocacy refers to activities and/or initiatives that are designed to promote general public awareness and education about sickle cell, to reduce the global sickle cell burden, to promote greater equity and to promote inclusion of sickle cell control into national and world health agenda by engaging governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders, sharing knowledge, facilitating collaborations & partnerships, dispelling myths and stigmatization and empowering the affected population through effective use of evidence, fund raising, joint advocacy drive, effecting policies and cross sector collaborations, activating the media, cross border initiatives and more..
We are looking to highlight high-impact advocacy stories and initiatives from Advocacy agencies, Patient representative organizations, Individuals or other public/private bodies that demonstrate the tangible results of sickle cell advocacy in relation with any of the following;
1: Enabling Policies and System reform
2: Universal Health Coverage and Sickle cell
3: Public Education and Awareness
4: Equality and access to optimum care
6: Inclusion in National and Global health agenda
7. Community Engagement
Winners of the 2019 Sickle Cell Advocacy Contest will;
— Win $500 in Grant prize
— Get 3 Complimentary Congress Pass (including Congress Dinner Tickets) to attend the ACSCD 2019 worth up to $700
— Have their profile and Campaign photos featured in the congress brochure and website.
— Present their advocacy stories/initiatives in the “Sickle Cell in Focus” Hub at ACSCD 2019
— Be awarded a Mentorship Opportunity at Sickle Cell 101
— Be awarded a Certificate of Recognition.
Honorable Mentions of the 2019 Sickle Cell Advocacy Contest will be granted;
— 3 Complimentary Congress Pass (including Congress Dinner Tickets) to attend the ACSCD 2019 worth up to $700
— Campaign photos will be featured on the website.
— Mentorship on Advocacy using new media
— Certificate of recognition.