Sickle Cell Disease comes into focus at first Ladies round table

NEW YORK – The Prime Minister of Togo, Gilbert Fassoun Houngbo was a speaker at the 2nd Annual First Ladies International Round Table, presented by the Sickle Cell Disease International Organization.

This conference was held in conjunction with the United Nations 64th General Assembly.

The Prime Minister mentioned the importance for more research in the medical field towards the treatment and eradication of sickle cell disease which has ravaged the African continent.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the first genetic disease worldwide, which has become a global health issue. According to the world health organization (WHO), over 50% of children suffering from this disease die before the age 5, while most of the survivors are left with continuous health complications.

by Tosan Aduayi in New York

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