The Permanent Secretary, Diana Atwine, launched the sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign.
This campaign is intended to intensify awareness about Sickle Cell Disease and provide free screening.
This was launched in partnership with CTI Africa, Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation and Doctalk Show.
“Studies showed the prevalence of sickle cell trait at 13.3%.This calls for pre marital screening for sickle cell and newborn screening,” said Diana Atwine.
The funds will be used to create a registry for all sickle cell warriors.
This will help give specialized health care, promote awareness and testing, and provide telemedicine services using LifeHealth CTC by availing 10,000 smart phones.
“As a Ministry, we pledge our full support and commitment to this good innovation, ” said Dr Henry Mwebesa.
“We are glad to partner and improve healthcare access and affordability for sickle cell patients in Uganda. LifeHealth CTC reduces the financial burdens associated with disease management for patients.”