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04-Sep-2011  
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Actress, Juliet Ibrahim (2nd R) and George (2nd L)
 
 
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George Attipoe, the manager of Ghana Movies Awards and 2010 Best Actress co-winner, Juliet Ibrahim, will start a sickle cell foundation to raise funds for sickle cells kids.

George has lost two friends and one sibling from sickle cell disease, and born with sickle cell disease, George Attipoe has always lived in fear of losing his life. His mother and brother are both sickle cell patients.

For the past 28 years, he has been through a series of blood transfusions, avascular nicrosis, total hip replacement and three reconstructive plastic surgeries. George Attipoe already takes care of two sickle cell patients at the Korle Bu Hospital.

He will launch his foundation called George’s Sickle Cell foundation which he would fund himself. He will partner with the Korle Bu Sickle Cell Department, the orthopedics and the reconstructive plastic surgery and medical doctors from America to educate the general public on sickle cell disease.

He will make a documentary on sickle cell patients’ parents who have lost their kids at tender stage and what really caused it.

The documentary will be hosted on the foundation’s website and shown in cinemas across the country. Health educators will use it as health tool to educate people. The documentary will start shooting in December.

Many movie stars will join in the campaign to raise awareness about sickle cell disease. George has managed Ibrahim since 2004, and has acted in movies like ‘Coming to Ghana’ and ‘4 Play’ where he acted as a gay. George Attipoe is now in the USA studying E entrepreneurship at the Middle Tennessee State University.

In Ghana, 15,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease every year. In all of Africa, more than 400,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease. One person cannot get it from another one.

It is usually passed on to children by parents who are AS or AC, healthy carriers of genes that when inherited together cause sickle cell disease passed on to children.

Sickle cell disease is inherited from both parents, not just from the mother.

Most people with AS or AC blood are not aware of it and do not know that they can have children with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a disease of red blood cells.

The disease has many features and complications which include anemia, poor growth, easy tiredness, and jaundice (yellow eyes).
 
 
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