African Women's Welfare Association

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Tower Hamlets Sickle Cell & Thalassemia Center.

The Center is dedicated to raising awareness of sickle cell and thalassemia in the community, especially amongst people at risk and medical care providers. It provides quality services in the community aimed at sufferers and their families, in partnership with carers, hospitals, health authorities and non-health professionals.

Facts about Sickle Cell And Thalassemia

It is a genetic non-contagious disease that affects the blood cells in those affected. It can be diagnosed by a simple blood test. So far, medical diagnostics suggests that it affects mostly people of Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Caribbean and Mediterranean origin. Once one has the trait of sickle cell or Thalassemia, it can never change to the other. You cannot contact it as you can contact flu or common cold.

How We Assist Sufferers

  • Drop In, hospital and home visits, shopping and befriending. Networking for information and advice from relative organizations and offering medical information and advocacy on behalf of Centre users.
  • We offer Training & Education, information on welfare rights & support available and employment Opportunities. Fundraising activities, day outing, visits to special areas like parks, museums etc.
  • Organizing meetings, seminars and conferences for professionals, families, Center users, carers, community organization and members of the general public.

Outreach Work

We have Key Social Worker services for hard to reach clients, Mentoring and Sessional Worker services for partners and other women’s groups in the community, led by highly experienced and qualified trainers and counsellors.