World Sickle Cell Day: In Togo, Key Events Were Hosted in Kpalimé

Thursday, 20 June 2024 15:26
World Sickle Cell Day: In Togo, Key Events Were Hosted in Kpalimé

(Togo First) - On World Sickle Cell Day, June 19, the city of Kpalimé (Plateaux region) hosted key events aimed at tackling the disease. These included awareness-raising activities and free screening.

Togo’s Research Centre on Sickle Cell Disease carried out the awareness-raising sessions and free screening. The activities covered 600 young pupils, apprentices, and school dropouts in Kpalimé.

On June 18, the Center received a delegation from FORTIS HEALTHCARE LIMITED, an Indian company specializing in the fight against sickle cell disease. The delegation proposed a partnership for assistance ranging from screening to appropriate treatment at a lower cost. The offer was well received, and the terms of the collaboration are currently being defined.

The delegation also visited the CHU-SO pediatric ward, where appropriate care continues to be provided for children with sickle cell disease, childhood cancers, and other blood disorders. There, the Indian delegation suggested organizing regular virtual meetings between Togolese, Indian, and American professionals to discuss clinical cases.

Sickle cell disease is a significant health issue in Togo, with 16% of the population affected. The country is very committed to the disease’s eradication.

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