BMT center to cure Sickle Cell Disease in Ghana

Date: 

Saturday, 7 October, 2017

There are several hundred thousand children suffering from Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in Africa, a genetic disease which causes major suffering and disability and very often leads to death prior to adolescence. Sub-Saharan Africa has a dire need for centers capable of offering a permanent solution to this crippling disease, the only one being bone marrow transplantation (BMT).

Dr John Logah, a Ghanian neurosurgeon currently working in the Czech Repubblic, having had close relatives suffering and dying from SCD, is very keen to start a BMT unit in his country and contacts Piegro Sodani. Pietro involves me and July 4 to 8 2017 I am in Accra with John visiting Ridge Regional Hospital, a brand new governemental medical center, whose CEO, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyoh, commites to facilitate the set up of a BMT center.

John together with Pietro and myself has created a local NGO, the BMT Foundation Ghana International, which we hope will raise enough funds to be able to start transplants by mid-2018.