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Source: The post is based on the article “Prime Minister launches National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission from Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh” published in pib on 3rd July 2023
What is the News?
The Prime Minister has launched the National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission (NSCEM) in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh.
What is Sickle Cell Anaemia?
What is the National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission?
The Mission was announced in the Union Budget 2023.
Aim: To address the pressing health challenges posed by sickle cell disease, particularly among the tribal population.
Part of: The mission is being implemented in a mission mode as part of the National Health Mission (NHM).
Target: The mission aims to eliminate sickle cell disease as a public health problem by 2047.
States covered: The mission will be implemented in 278 districts of 17 states in India namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, and Uttarakhand.
Features of the mission: The mission focuses on awareness creation, universal screening of approximately seven crore people in the 0-40 years age group in affected tribal areas and counseling through collaborative efforts of central ministries and state governments.