World Sickle Cell Awareness Day
Educate and Unite
Please join CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Blood Disorders and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) In celebration of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day 2011: Educate and Unite
Georgia World Congress Center-285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW
Atlanta, Georgia - June 23-24 2011 -9am -4pm
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This event is free and open to the public
The theme of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day - Educate and Unite - highlights the need to increase awareness of the Hematologist at Children’s Hospital of global impact of sickle cell disease (SCD) and the importance of uniting global support for promoting and improving the health of persons with SCD in aims of achieving the UN MDG 4 of reducing child mortality (i.e. children under 5)
- Participate in discussions with an international panel of SCD experts and representatives from UNICEF, World Health Organization, Sickle Cell Disease International Organization about challenges and effective strategies to address SCD and child mortality.
Special Guest Speaker: Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD
Dr. Gaston was the first African American woman to direct a Public Health Service Bureau. Prior to her appointment as Bureau Director, her work at NIH changed the management of children with sickle cell disease that has resulted in significantly decreasing the morbidity and mortality in young children in the US and around the world, for which she is internationally recognized.
Guest Speaker Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD
Dr. Ohene-Frempong, has worked in sickle
cell disease for more than 30 years in the US and in Ghana, and is currently Attending Hematologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Guest Speaker Russell Ware, MD, PhD
Dr. Ware is a board-certified pediatric hematologist with 25 years of experience with sickle cell disease. He has many years of NIH funding for laboratory, translational, and clinical research in sickle cell disease.
Guest Speaker Thomas N Williams, MD PhD
Dr. Williams is a clinical scientist with over 20 years of experience in hemoglobin ( including sickle cell disease) and infectious disease research in the tropics with Oxford University’s KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme on the coast of Kenya.
Increasing Global Action: Reducing Child Mortality in SCD.
The United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 focuses on reducing the mortality rates of children under 5. Much effort has been given to immunizing children against deadly childhood infectious diseases, and providing care for treatable conditions such as diarrhea. However, SCD is a significant cause of mortality and morbidity that merits closer consideration. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that SCD contributes to 5% of under 5 child death in some African countries.
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National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Division of Blood Disorders
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