The Joint Clinical research Centre recently announced that Uganda will soon be able to perform bone-marrow transplants in Uganda. In recent times such procedures were meant for the financially able as patients had to be flown out of the country for treatment.
The JCRC looks to make it a thing of the past as it hopes to make it available for the average Ugandan. Talking to the Executive Director of the JCRC Dr. Ciccy Kityo, she mentioned that we have the labs that are able to do the tests but missing crucial equipment. She also mentioned that with a $500,000 cash influx they can get the basic equipment that can perform the procedure.
The hospital has worked on 5 patients this year but the equipment is expensive so requires more funding to subsidize and make the treatment available to the average Ugandan. Almost 15,000 babies are born with sickle cells every year.
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