Camp in Jamaica Brings Together Young Sickle Cell Patients

“Hope Lives Here” connects Jamaican teens living with blood disorder.

Sickle cell campers in Jamaica

Teens living with sickle cell disease in Kingston, Jamaica, had a unique chance to spend time with peers with the same condition at Hope Lives Here, a CSL Behring-sponsored teen camp at the Sickle Cell Unit at the University of the West Indies. In the photo above, Dr. Lesley King, who leads clinical services at the unit, interacts with some of the participants. In addition to learning more about their condition, campers took part in a career expo and visited the nearby Bob Marley Museum.

According to the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica, approximately 10 percent of people living in the island nation carry sickle cell trait and one in every 150 babies is born with sickle cell disease.

September is sickle cell disease awareness month in the U.S. Learn more about what CSL Behring is doing to address the needs of sickle cell disease patients here.

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