Strengthening management of sickle cell disease in Bangui
— The Central African Republic —
In 2011, pursuing the work already begun in Mali, Fondation Pierre Fabre became involved in the battle against sickle cell disease in the CAR. This country has a record rate of this illness, affecting 2% of infants, but also has very poor overall state of affairs in human health: the life expectancy, just 45 years, is ten years below the African average.
The Foundation focused its attention on the Bangui paediatric complex, an establishment created in 1988 providing care to those ages 0 to18 and the country’s sole modern paediatric healthcare facility. With the Foundation’s support, it would receive new equipment and supplies to improve patient reception, provide staff with increased knowledge of sickle cell disease (through cross-training with Bamako and Kinshasa), set up screening campaigns and raise public awareness of the disease.
Combating Sickle cell disease
Type of involvement
Distributor and operator
- Supply of medical equipment and consumables
- Training funding and organisation
Unfortunately, in 2013, when the Foundation had already provided the planned materials and completed its contribution to healthcare worker training, civil war broke out. The humanitarian emergency gradually took precedence over the targeted programmes and the Foundation had to accept the necessity of suspending its interventions there. It hopes to resume activities as soon as possible.
- Complexe pédiatrique de Bangui
In 2014, Cameroon, Madagascar and the two Congo joined forces in a vast transnational program to effectively fight against sickle cell disease. The Foundation supports the project overseen by the IECD and financed by the AFD.
Improving healthcare and social services for those with sickle cell disease
With leadership from Professor Dapa Diallo and strong support from the Foundation, the first Research Centre to combat Sickle Cell Disease opened in Bamako, Mali, in 2005.
Creating and developing the Research Centre to combat sickle cell disease
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To mark its 20th anniversary, Fondation Pierre Fabre organised on Thursday 12 September 2019 a day of discussions and celebration attended by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Europe and Foreign Affairs Minister, and Dr Denis Mukwege, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.