The Ministry of Health in partnership with Sickle Cell Network Uganda, Makerere University, and Sickle Cell Association of Uganda among other partners will be launching a routine sickle cell screening in all high burden districts in Uganda.

The launch will kick off at Makerere University Freedom Square on April 16, 2015 from 11:00am to 4:00 pm. The function will also give an opportunity to people to be screened free of charge.

According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Health together with Makerere College of Health Sciences and Cincinnati Children’s hospital in the US, northern Uganda has the highest prevalence rate. The findings of the study revealed that the region has 18.6% sickle cell trait.

Sickle cell is a genetic blood disorder that affects the haemoglobin within the red blood cells.

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