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Stakeholders plan summit on sickle cell

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The global battle against sickle cell continues as stakeholders plan the second African congress to facilitate exchange of information among scientists, researchers and policy makers on how to effectively tackle the disease.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is among continental leaders facilitating the African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease (ACSCD) being organised by Doctor SickleCell-Center for SCD and supported by World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa, Federal Ministry of Health and Global Blood Therapeutics to hold virtually from 25th to 29th May 2021.

According to a statement, the congress encourages a strong global partnership among science, leadership, industry and community in building a congress programme that will explore innovative ways to address the challenges of sickle cell prevention and control.

The second edition of the congress themed “Working To Overcome Sickle Cell Disease – What Next?” will create unique opportunity for women living with the disease, through Women Overcoming Sickle Cell summit, a parallel event of the congress that will focus on how sickle cell affects women and how to mitigate the effects.

The inaugural congress was held in Lagos in 2019.

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