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Prof. Nduggwa, icon for sickle cell treatment and research dies aged 80

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Prof Christopher Nduggwa, Uganda’s senior paediatrician and researcher has died. Though his cause of death is still unrevealed as family sources are still unable to speak to the media, Nduggwa is eulogized as having endured staying in the country to work amidst difficulty, declining lucrative opportunities …

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Newborn screening program for sickle cell launched at Lira hospital

  Lira, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health has launched the Consortium on Newborn Screening in Africa-CONSA, a network that seeks to demonstrate the benefits of newborn screening and early interventions for children with sickle cell disease, for the Lango sub-region. CONSA will combine newborn screening and early intervention using …

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Caretakers of sicklers decry high price of hydroxyurea

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | Caretakers of sickle cell anemia patients in Gulu district have decried what they call the prohibitive price of hydroxyurea, a drug believed to greatly reduce painful episodes in people with sickle cell. Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to form …

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Teachers attitude chasing sicklers from school

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Many children battling sickle cell disease fail to find peace in schools due to stigmatization from teachers who regard them worthless before other children. Sicklers claim that teachers describe them as feeble children who cannot succeed in life like normal students, on top of …

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Sicklers struggle to afford new pain relieving treatment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Thirteen year old Jeremy is the latest user of new pain relieving treatment for sickle cell disease that involves draining out most of his blood replacing it with healthy blood using a machine, a procedure known as red blood cell exchange apheresis. His mother …

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Mukono residents yearn for free sickle cell disease tests

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The absence of free testing kits frustrated hundreds of people who turned up to test for sickle cell disease in Mukono as the world commemorated the World Sickle Cell Awareness on Friday. Many wanted to utilize a health camp organized in Nantabulirwa-Seeta by Sarafina …

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Over 70% using herbal medicine to treat sickle cells

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Many people living with sickle cell disease are using herbal medicine and not opening up to health workers. Releasing results of the study started in March to establish the extent of herbal medicine use among patients seeking treatment at the sickle cell clinic of …

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