eHA's Sickle Cell Campaign in Bauchi and Gombe State.

eHA's Sickle Cell Campaign in Bauchi and Gombe State.

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The team and partners raising awareness on SCD.

The team and partners raising awareness on SCD.

The community listening to the field team.

The community listening to the field team.

Bringing awareness for SCD into schools.

Bringing awareness for SCD into schools.

 

eHealth Africa, Sickle Cell Well Africa Foundation and Pro-Health International hold Sickle Cell Campaign in Bauchi and Gombe States


eHealth Africa and partners held a two-week outreach program to increase awareness about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in Bajoga LGA, Gombe State, and Toro LGA, Bauchi State last December.

Kano, NigeriaJanuary 24, 2019 —During the first two weeks of December eHealth Africa (eHA) organized the Sickle Cell Campaigns, an outreach program focused on raising awareness  of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), its signs and symptoms, inheritance patterns, the importance of genotype testing for SCD, and prevention.

A total of 602 people were screened for the disease through with free genotype tests using the Sickle Scan Rapid Test Kit. Patients who tested positive for SCD and those who presented with complications were given routine medication and advised on first-level crisis management or referred to local primary health care centers.

eHealth Africa, Pro-Health International, and the Sickle Cell Well Africa Foundation (SCWAF) presented the campaign results at stakeholder meetings in both Bauchi and Gombe States and provided evidence-based recommendations on approaches to  Sickle Cell Disease.

Going forward, eHA intends to work with Pro-Health International to develop a comprehensive data collection tool which will support tracking and follow up of SCD patients in Pro-Health Sickle Cell Clinics.

More information on the topic can be found on eHA's blog and website at www.ehealthafrica.org. For any inquiries please get in contact with Jennifer Bencivenga at jennifer.bencivenga@ehealthafrica.org.