Fidelity Bank Plc has partnered with Coalition of Sickle Cell NGOs to
commemorate the 2018 World Sickle Cell Day. This years’ celebration
according to a statement by the Bank would be the 9th since the UN General
Assembly declared June World Sickle Cell Day in 2008.
Speaking at the press briefing in Lagos, Head, Human Resources
Recruitment/CSR and Sustainability, Fidelity Bank, Chris Nnakwe, explained
that EBanking Division of the Bank worked with the Coalition of Sickle
Cell NGOs in Nigeria to undertake its first Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) initiative through the Fidelity Helping Hands
Programme. This initiative will be powered by Fidelity (QR) mVisa.
Nnakwe regretted that about 150,000 children that are born with sickle
cell disorder annually in Nigeria, 75% of them do not live to see their
5th birthday, adding that the situation calls for more collaboration for
awareness and enlightenment. He noted that the lender’s Helping Hands
initiative, which is part of its corporate social responsibility goes
beyond building structures but creating awareness to promote healthy
living among Nigerians.
“We intend to be part this journey of reducing the number of people living
with sickle cell through awareness and education. We want to make it an
annual event and every year we will see how to get involved as part of our
contribution for healthy living in the country,”.
The Chairperson of the Coalition, Toyin Adeola commended Fidelity Bank for
the partnership and asked other corporate organisation to emulate the
gesture of the bank. Adeola noted that the Coalition of the NGO’s in
Nigeria as a joint activity is organizing, the ‘Red Umbrella Walk’
scheduled to hold on June 16 in Lagos to create awareness about Sickle
Cell Day at the community level.
“Our goal going forward is to improve the quality of life of people with
sickle cell disorder in Nigeria and increase their average life expectancy
from less than 20 years to what obtains among the affected persons in the
US. which is 60 years and even surpass it. This can only happen if all
hands are on deck, with governments working in concert alongside the
private sector, NGOs and communities across the country”.
The United Nations declared World Sickle Cell Day as a day set aside to
create more awareness and advocacy for people living with the disorder and
educate the public on the dangers of stigma associated with the disorder.
The Coalition has constantly advocated the need for better coordinated
effort towards control of SCD by the government at all levels and other
Fidelity Ebanking are adding their voice to the cause through the “Red
Umbrella walk” which is a one-on-one street awareness walk around the
Surulere area. Fidelity mVisa is a new low cost payment solution that
facilitates consumer- merchant payments and drives financial inclusion.