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A ray of hope for neglected African disease: sickle cell disease

15 Jun 2017 - 14:30
Professor Ambroise Wonkam, professor and senior specialist in the Division of Human Genetics

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a gene mutation that affects over 300 000 newborn babies every year. Ninety per cent of babies with SCD in Africa are believed to die before the age of five years. To respond to this disease on the continent, a range of research groups under the leadership of UCT’s Professor Ambroise Wonkam have secured US$3.7 million to establish (SADaCC), which will build capacity to help Africa tackle this disease.

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