Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2nd African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease holds virtually from 25th to 29th May
2021, according to the health guidelines established by the WHO and other health authorities.
The Congress which has established itself as the foremost inclusive community and impact-driven event on sickle
cell disease in the African region successfully held its inaugural event in Lagos in 2019.
Under the high patronage of Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, the
5-day Virtual Congress will encourage global participation and create an immersive experience, from plenaries,
parallel sessions and workshops to abstracts and company presentations, partner exhibitions and networking, all in
real time and on-demand.
The Congress will also be hosted on a virtually rich online platform geared to provide a truly immersive experience
that will enable sponsors, exhibitors and attendees to network and engage with exhibitors directly on the virtual
booths and with fellow delegates around topics of interest and listen to speakers virtually.
The year 2020 marked the cycle end of The WHO African Region Sickle Cell Strategy 2010 -2020 which was adopted
by the Sixtieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa (RC60). Against this background, the call for
ACSCD 2021 with the theme; “Working To Overcome Sickle Cell Disease – What Next?” invites presenters to put these
developments into perspective with submissions that address structural, emerging and topical issues and causes for
current challenges together with the innovative ideas, initiatives and recommendations for effective sickle cell
prevention and control.
The ACSCD 2021 Congress program will be made up of diverse presentations, organised to stimulate dialogue
around the congress theme and the WHO African Region Sickle Cell Strategy report. And will bring together
government representatives, inter-governmental organizations, leaders of industry, civil society, academic institutions,
donors, the private sector, media and people living with sickle cell from across Africa and the rest of the world with
aligned interest in exploring sustainable solutions to the challenges of sickle cell disease and also individuals and
organizations who are committed to not just the patient/caregiver experience, but also committed to overcoming
sickle cell disease in Africa.
The overall goal of the Congress is to facilitate active exchange of information among scientists, researchers, policy
makers and other key stakeholders, to highlight challenges and opportunities, and enhance strategies to further
sickle cell control.
The Congress also creates unique opportunities for women living with sickle cell through the Women Overcoming
Sickle Cell Summit, a parallel event of the congress which will focus on sickle cell disease in women while
highlighting key issues affecting women and also acknowledging women luminaries living with sickle cell and
women-led sickle cell representative organizations who are contributing tremendously to tackling sickle cell through
high impact advocacy, treatment and community commitment on the African Continent and beyond.
The ACSCD Congress is organized by the Doctor SickleCell - Center for SCD and supported by the World Health
Organization Africa, Ministry of Health Nigeria and Grant from Global Blood Therapeutics. It encourages a strong
global partnership among science, leadership, industry and community in building a congress programme that will
explore innovative ways to address the challenges and further sickle cell control in Africa.
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