Government launches sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign

The government has lunched sickle cell fundraising campaign intended to intensify awareness about the disease and provide free screening services.

While launching the campaign, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine, said the funds from this campaign will be used to create a registry for all sickle cell warriors.

"This will help give specialised health care, promote awareness and testing, and provide telemedicine services using life health CTC by availing 10,000 smart phones to the warriors,"she said.

She lauded the partnership from the various players to ensure that the sickle cell warriors have access to services as and when required.

"There are so many people upcountry that have not sought care. Sickle cell is a chronic illness that affects people from childhood and they give up many activities for the sake of being alive. They require to be supported, cared for and understood" she noted.

Atwine emphasised that every coin raised from this campaign will help every child affected by sickle cell.

The director general Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa pledged the commitment of the ministry to strengthen the partnership so that every sickle cell child is able to live a quality life.

The sickle cell fundraising campaign was launched in partnership with CTI Africa Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation.

Members of the public are urged to contribute to the drive by visiting www.charidy.com/sicklecell but also donating  by dialing *165*3*145968# on MTN or *185*9*1121020# on Airtel

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