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World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Educate and Unite

June 23-24-2011

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

Registration is required, to register visit:

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.

Dr. Marilyn Hughes GastonSpecial 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.

Dr. Ohene-FrempongGuest 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.

Dr. Russell WareGuest 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.

Dr. Thomas N. WilliamsGuest 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.

For questions or details about registration please contact SCDAA at 1-800-421-8453 or via email at For additional information contact Kai Stewart,


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