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Professor Jennifer Knight Madden On Sickle Cell Awareness
What do you know about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)? Well, for starters SCD affects all of us.
“In fact, 15% of Jamaican adults carry a gene that puts them at risk of having an affected child.”
In the acknowledgement of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, and the activations surrounding the commemoration, the Ministry of Health and Wellness hosted a series of informative campaigns that included the ‘Shine the Light on Sickle Cell’ documentary released on social media and more.
The documentary was created by Noel Bell, and ‘it speaks to the lived experience of people in Jamaica living with the disease’.
Loop News Lifestyle Content Manager Kadeem Rodgers interviewed Professor Jennifer Knight Madden, the professor of Pediatric Pulmonology and Clinical Research Director, Sickle Cell Unit, Caribbean Institute for Health Research, at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
In the video clip above, we share tidbits of that conversation, in which Professor Knight Madden dropped a few gems and left a lasting impression.
“The unpredictability of life with Sickle Cell Disease is something that’s hard to process,” she said as we closed out the Zoom call.
For more information about SCD? Check out these resources.
The Sickle Cell Unit, University of the West Indies, Mona; Tel: 876.927.2471
Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica; Tel: 876.927.0276
Ministry of Health and Wellness; Tel: 876.633.8100
National Health Fund; Tel: 876.906.1106
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