Addressing the Global Burden of Sickle Cell Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
The United States Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the American Society of Hematology and SickleinAfrica, and with the participation of the World Health Organization, hosted a webinar on June 29, 2020 on strengthening SCD efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
In February 2020, global stakeholders came together at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC to initiate the Global Coalition on SCD which aims to develop, organize, and implement a global multi-sectoral approach to combatting SCD. On June 29, the 90-minute webinar highlighted current knowledge on the impact of COVID-19 on health care systems and access to care for individuals living with SCD. The webinar also included a discussion on the next steps of the Coalition.
The following presentations have been developed by the individual speaker. Information shared does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of ASH.
Martha Liggett, Esq, Executive Director, American Society of Hematology
Dr. Julie Makani, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
Dr. Alexis Thompson, Section Chief of Hematology in the Department of Pediatrics Northwestern University School of Medicine
Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Pr. Jean-Marie Dangou, Coordinator, Noncommunicable Diseases Management World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa
Bukky Bolarinwa, President Sickle Cell Aid Foundation
Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, President, Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana, Programme coordinator, National Newborn Screening Programme for Sickle Cell Disease
Dr. Isaac Odame, Medical Director of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network at the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Dr. Charles Kiyaga, Director of Programs, Partnerships & Global Health, Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health
Juliana Richardson, Senior Policy Advisor US Department of Health and Human Services
Facilitator: Andrew Zapfel, MPH International Programs Manager, American Society of Hematology