While HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases stay in the forefront of policy-making, control and prevention, Sickle Cell Disease threatens thousands of Ugandans. Lucky Mulumba, on of our DNP students, is spending time in Uganda raising awareness. Through her efforts, the first ever Sickle Cell Conference was held in Uganda, July 2013.
The First Annual Ugandan Sickle Cell Conference was attended by over 4,000 people, and was organized to create a national dialogue, a way forward for sickle cell disease policy, research and treatment at the national level, involving the Ugandan government. There is an urgent need for scientific research in this field.
Local and national celebrities were on hand to deliver motivational and informational speeches to the attendees, as well as patients and parents of patients. In addition to organizing the well-received conference, Lucky Mulumba, the DNP student, gave a presentation entitled "Management of Sickle Cell Disease - Coping, Caring and Living with Sickle Cell Disease".
If you would like to read the complete report on this groundbreaking conference, please click here.