Update on SCSSN Members awarded the Brazilian FIOCRUZ Fellowships

Professor Adekunle Adekile Between 2013 and 2018, 6 members of the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria were awarded scholarships by the FIOCRUZ Foundation to pursue higher degrees in different Brazilian Universities. They all completed their programs with flying colors and in record time. They were, indeed, worthy ambassadors of the society in particular and Nigeria in general. They are all back in their home institutions, contributing to the care of sickle cell disease patients and leadi...
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2020 World Sickle Cell Day Webinar Communique

A JOINT COMMUNIQUE RELEASED BY THE SICKLE CELL SUPPORT SOCIETY OF NIGERIA AND THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF HAEMATOLOGY AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION AT THE END OF THE WEBINAR TO COMMEMORATE THE 2020 WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY We bring you greetings from the Sickle Cell Support Society Nigeria (SCSSN), who in collaboration with the Nigerian Society of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NSHBT) has toiled to make this celebration and awareness Webinar a huge success. Sickle cell disease (SCD) has assumed publ...
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2020 Virtual Conference (UPDATED)

Date: Thursday June 25 2020Time: 4-7 pm Lagos / 11:00 am EST / 8:00 am PST Theme: Reducing the Burden of Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria- Utilizing Evidence and the Role of Stakeholders Chairs: Professor Adekunle Adekile and Professor Aisha Gwarzo Coordinator: Professor Obiageli Nnodu Guest Speaker: Dr Maureen Achebe- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Program 1. Chairman’s opening remarks: NSHBT & SCSSN (10 minutes)2. FMOH -...
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Job Vacancies

The Center of Excellence for Sickle Cell Research & Training, University of Abuja (CESRTA) has exciting opportunities for skilled, committed and dedicated individuals to participate in world class, basic, clinical and translational research in sickle cell disease through the following positions: 1. Senior Clinical Officer/Research Fellow (Tenure = 1 year) a. Qualification Post Part 2 (in Haematology, Internal Medicine, Paediatrics or Family Medicine) or MBBS with MPH) At least 5...
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Dream Maker Inc. Fellowship in SCD

The Division of Haematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), in partnership with Dream Legacy Foundation and the Black Innovation Fellowship Program at Ryerson University, is pleased to launch the Dream Maker Inc. Fellowship in Sickle Cell Disease in September 2020. Directed at paediatricians in sub-Saharan Africa who have completed Paediatric Residency within the last 5 years and have demonstrated interest in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), this will be an exc...
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Hematologist, Sickle Cell Disease Researcher, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria

Her Story: Ten years ago, Obiageli Nnodu, M.D., had an established career as a hematologist working mainly in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of bone cancer. But one day, troubled by statistics showing that some 150,000 children in her native Nigeria were being born each year with sickle cell disease, she switched gears and devoted herself to doing something about it. Today, Nnodu is the principal investigator in Nigeria for the Sickle Pan African Research Consortium (SPARCo)...
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World Sickle Cell Day 2019: The Debt the Black Race owes the Sickle Cell Disease Patient

Professor Adekunle Adekile Introduction As we celebrate this year’s World Sickle Cell Day, Nigerians need to take a pause and appreciate what the disease means to us as nation, in particular and to the Black race, in general. I wonder how many Nigerians are aware that the country is the epicenter of the disease worldwide with the highest prevalence figures. While there are about 300,000 babies born with the disease in the world every year, about half of these are born in Nigeria! Indeed, ...
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Rapid Result Test On Track to Transform Sickle Cell Disease Screening for Millions

Soon after birth, a baby in the United States is tested for sickle cell disease, the often-devastating genetic blood disorder affecting more than 100,000 Americans and 20 million of people worldwide. If positive, that newborn typically begins a course of treatment that can greatly prolong life and help stave off complications of the disease. But in sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of sickle cell disease cases can be found—and where resources are scant—newborn screening programs are virtua...
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