LAGOS, February 2018 – Dr. SickleCell development team meets with Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Thursday to discuss the rising challenges of sickle cell disease in Nigeria and how to overcome the disease.
It is no news that Nigeria records the highest rate of cases associated with sickle cell disease in the world but with the groundbreaking natural treatment pioneered by Dr. SickleCell Center for SCD has given people living with Sickle Cell in Nigeria an edge in overcoming this disease.
The OvercomingSCD Initiative is Dr. SickleCell’s response to the challenge of sickle cell disease. The Initiative seeks to strategically address the burdens and unmet needs of sickle cell disease by focusing on developing new and innovative ways of delivering high quality healthcare and responsive interventions to people with sickle cell disease, using the Dr. SickleCell revolutionary treatments as a yardstick to effect improved health outcomes in people living with the disease with a special focus on children and underserved communities. OvercomingSCD Initiative aims to ensure that partnerships are proactive, accountable and actively invested in all efforts to impact on the status of sickle cell disease by building sustainable goals that can be measured and scaled up over time. Dr. SickleCell seeks to set a long-term target to beat the numbers on the current SCD status by matching impact against statistical projections – statistical projections says Nigeria may have half its population affected with SCD by 2040, Dr. SickleCell intend to impact on half the population of people living with SCD by 2040.
Just the same, statistics have it that more than 300,000 babies are born yearly and up to 95% never make it past age 10, Dr. SickleCell intends to impact on more than 95% of the children born with SCD to provide an optimum chance at surviving this disease. In response to these targets, Dr. SickleCell proposes two program agenda under the OvercomingSCD Initiative: OvercomingSCD in Children and OvercomingSCD in Rural Communities.
The Initiative will also contribute to the socio-economic status of the society at large, by an aligned agenda to contribute to the Federal Ministry of Health, Target 1 and Target 7 of The National Strategic Plan of Action on the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) which aims to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25%, by 2025, and to Halt the prevalence of NCDs in Nigeria, thereby, also contribute to United Nations Goal 3 of The Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases globally by one-third, by 2030.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the meeting stated that “Sickle cell disease is a tropical disease and it mostly affects Africans, therefore, the treatment or cure is meant to come from us”. He further stated that “the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) majors on non-communicable diseases such as diabetics, high blood pressure, sickle cell disease and also conduct research.”
During the Introductory discussion on the OvercomingSCD initiative, Chief Medical Director/Founder, Dr. SickleCell Center For SCD, a consulting Naturopath and Homeopath, Dr. David Ajaere said “The hurdles of Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria and Africa at large cannot be overcome by any single organization alone. It demands a holistic approach, where partnerships are forged by organizations and relevant stakeholders with aligning visions, goals and complementary skills in a bid to overcome the disease.”
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo further mentioned that even if Sickle Cell Disease can be properly managed, Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation will encourage and support new treatments or innovations that will pose a positive effect on Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria.
Dr. Lekan Makinde, CEO, Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation at the meeting also talked about their most recent impact in the healthcare system across Nigeria and how they intend to do more as they will also be willing to collaborate and support the forth-coming African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease www.acscd.org
The Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF) was incorporated in Nigeria, by the former Nigerian president, HE, Olusegun Obasanjo, to tackle some key issues of Human lives, in Africa. The Chairman of the board and Chief Promoter, H.E, Olusegun Obasanjo believes that the issues that affect Africans are those that require urgent attention and interventions. visit www.olusegunobasanjofoundation.com
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