Staff of AirtelTigo took part in an impactful volunteering exercise to support a sickle cell sensitisation and screening exercise that was held over the weekend in the Ajumako-Mando community.

They 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 of Sickle Cell Disease. It will also shine the spotlight on other social interventions as well as the general well-being 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.”

Employees of AirtelTigo support Sickle Cell screening exercise at Ajumako-Mando

This gesture is against the background of research that 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 sensitisation and screening exercise was organised 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.