Housing & Sickle Cell Support Service Commissioning

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Housing & Sickle Cell Support Service Commissioning

Birmingham City Council has recently been inviting suitably-experienced organisations to provide housing-related support services for people with sickle cell anaemia in Birmingham.

According to the NHS, Sickle Cell Anaemia affects around 12,500 people in England alone, and in Birmingham it’s mainly found in black people of British, Caribbean and African descent. It is caused by a genetic mutation of the red blood cells and symptoms include severe pain all over the body, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.

Birmingham city council are looking for a organisation which can make a real, tangible difference to vulnerable people with sickle cell anaemia who may suffer from discrimination & prejudice from within their own and wider communities.

There’s evidence of a stigma attached to this health condition which in turn can lead to barriers impacting on the sufferer’s quality of life and their ability to live as independently as possible.

Funded by the Birmingham Supporting People Programme, this service is intended to increase the capacity & quality of life of those suffering with the disease. The project will run for three years starting 1st April 2011 with an option to extend for a further two years subject to performance, ongoing strategic need and availability of funding.

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