‘Prevent It Before your child suffers’, with this slogan, Society for Thalassemia Awareness (STA) in association with its student wing TAG (Thalassemia Awareness Group) DU has arranged a two-day long awareness campaign about Thalassemia at the Faculty of Business Studies and TSC Premises on May 07 and May 08, 2015 respectively, marking the International Thalassemia Day.
Thalassemia is a genetic blood disease, which results in mild to severe anemia. Thalassemia patients’ life depends on regular blood transfusion and expensive medications; otherwise the loss of hemoglobin in blood and iron overload in vital organs will lead the Thalassemia patient to death within the first decade of his/her life. If both the parents are Thalassemia Carriers, then their children can be Thalassemia patients. Thalassemia Carriers can be identified by a “Pre-marriage Blood Screening Test” known as Hemoglobin Electrophoresis. In Bangladesh, 1 out of 10 people is a Thalassemia Carrier and most of them do not even know about this fact.
The program started with a Seminar on the topic – ‘Thalassemia Awareness 5 years down the line, which was held at the Conference Hall of Faculty of Business Studies, Dhaka University. Professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, Dean, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka inaugurated the program as the chief guest. Associate Professor of Department of Hematology and BMT Unit, DMCH Professor Dr. Salma Afroze; Secretary General of Bangladesh Thalassemia Foundation Dr. Md. Abdur Rahim were present as the special guests in the program.
A short video and a brief presentation on Thalassemia were demonstrated before the audience followed by the speech given by Md. Raquibul Islam Russeau, Founder and Chairman of STA and also an ex-student of DU. He explained the vision and future plans of their organization regarding the prevention of Thalassemia and creating a Thalassemia aware nation. Mr. Mahadi Hasan Sagor and Mr. Nurul-Alam shared their stories and experience on behalf of the Thalassemia patients and parents of the Thalassemia patients.
The seminar ended with a vote of thanks byTaznuba and Diptato the sponsor Nextstep Interactive, event partner to this event Geeky Social Advantage, radio partner ABC Radio and online media partner 4Matters.
The two-day-long campaign at FBS and TSC, DU included Hb. Electrophoresis Test (Carrier detection test) and a blood donation program for the Thalassemia patients, conducted by Bangladesh Thalassemia Samity.
The program also included a photo exhibition ‘Ballads of the agonized souls’ by Mr. Noor Alam, along with interactive games and quizzes among the students to create awareness.
The goal of the awareness program was to simply informing the youth to get a test done before getting married, not let one’s child suffer for one’s ignorance.
Courtesy of Sonia Rezina Islam, Treasurer, Society of Thalassemia Awareness (STA)