Pemba Sports Supports Fight Against Sickle Cells

Jack Pemba, (L) hands the cheque to  Chairman USCRF
Bulaimu Muwanga Kibirige and Lawrence Kagwa

Jackson Pemba, website like this the president of Pemba Sports Africa on Tuesday handed a Shs. 50 million cheque to Uganda Sickle Cell Rescue Foundation (USCRF).

At a function held at Hotel Africa, there Mr Pemba also promised to keep funding the organisation which has been at the forefront in the fight to eliminate sickle cell in the country.

“Am here for a good cause, first am a carrier of sickle cell disease. And l have two daughters with sickle cell; l see how they suffer that’s why am joining this group to help people out there who don’t have help,’’ Pemba said .

His company Pemba Sports Africa On 19th August is organising Uganda Entertainment Awards that will host people from all over the world. Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to USCRF.

USCRF is a non-governmental organisation that was started by businessmen and women, doctors and nurses with the intension to bring awareness to people and advocacy about sickle cell.

They also provide training and guidelines to health workers and also families about the disease, living well with sickle cell patients and screening of sickle cell disease.

According to Dr Lawrence Kaggwa, Former Director Mulago National Referral Hospital, sickle cells is a silent killer and its high time people got to know more about it and stop stigmatizing the sick.

Dr Kaggwa also revealed that up to 31% of the people in northern Uganda are affected by sickle cell disease.

The only cure of sickle cell is bone marrow transplant which is very expensive in Uganda and most people can’t afford it.

USCRF say their primary role is to reach out to patients and teach them how to maintain it and live healthy lives.


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