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Bukedea registers increase in sickle cell cases

Bukedea, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is an increase in the number of sickle cell cases in Bukedea district, the authorities have revealed. This is part of the findings in the Bukedea district surveillance report for sickle cell from samples collected from Bukedea lifeline secondary school, Bukedea secondary, and Bukedea comprehensive …

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Uganda to start trials on gene therapy for sickle cell treatment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A team of scientists is to embark on a research trial about the new sickle cell treatment and some other complicated diseases. Dr. Martin Ongol, the Acting Executive Secretary Uganda National Council for Science and Technology-UNCST, says that the gene therapy treatment technology was discovered …

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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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