Ann Earles and group Welcome to the official site of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Physician Assistants (IASCNAPA), the only association of nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and other health care professionals caring for individuals with sickle cell disease. The association was established in 1990, and at present, we have over 300 members worldwide. Membership is open to everyone.

Mission Statement:

The International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Physician Assistants (IASCNAPA) recognizes its responsibility to maintain high standards in the provision of quality and accessible health care services for individuals with sickle cell disease. IASCNAPA is committed to strengthening the relationship between nurses and physician assistants who care for patients with sickle cell disease.

The nurse and physician assistant make significant contributions that further the depth of knowledge about sickle cell disease. Our cooperative efforts allow us to play vital roles in clinical research as demonstrated by our participation in National Institutes of Health studies that have defined the natural history of sickle cell disease and proven the efficacy of prophylactic penicillin for children with the disease.

For more information about our organization, see the Goals and Objectives page.


IASCNAPA is proud to join with organizations around the world to celebrate World Sickle Cell Day on Sunday, June 19th, 2016. According to the World Health Organizations, approximately 5% of the world’s population carries genes for hemoglobin trait; mostly sickle cell and thalassemia, and more than 300,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell anemia or one of its variants. Sickle cell disease is a worldwide epidemic and it will take international collaboration to find a cure and to end the devastation caused by this disease. IASCNAPA has been working for more than 25 years to educate healthcare professionals and members of the community about sickle cell disease and has partnered with people and organizations nationally and internationally. We would like to take a moment to thank all of those people who work tirelessly to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and to find better treatment options. Again we salute the sickle cell community as we join in the celebration of World Sickle Cell Day.

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