Music recital in Tanzania raises awareness of Sickle Cell Disease

SCD outreach

Dr Julie Makani and other researchers in Muhimbili, co-ordinated an evening of music to raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania.  The event took place in the International School of Tanganyika at the end of April 2014.

Music was performed by children from the Little Fingers music teaching studio and an SCD ambassador, Arafa Salim Said, spoke about the disease and her experiences of living with SCD.

The key message was about caring for people with SCD and Arafa told the 50 people in attendance that you can live a normal, happy life with SCD, with appropriate management of the condition.

The event increased awareness of SCD in Tanzania and also raised 200,00TSH, which was used to publicise World Sickle Cell Day on 19th June. The event received media coverage in local newspapers as well as Daily News and The Guardian.

Images from the event can be found in the gallery below.

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