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Sickle cell disease: a week of workshops in Niamey with the Monegasque Cooperation

A week of workshops on the fight against sickle cell disease took place in Niamey (Niger) from 4th to 8th October 2021. Aim: to draw up a roadmap for the management of this disease by 2022 so that it can be incorporated into Niger’s National Health Plan.

Launched by Niger’s Minister of Health, the work which began in 2019 with the support of the Government of Monaco’s Office of International Cooperation (DCI), was slowed down by the pandemic.

To support these efforts, consultants from the GRAD6 -network, which the Monegasque Cooperation also supports, came to share their experience with their Nigerien colleagues and provide an international perspective. <0} GRAD6 is a network of experts from 6 countries (Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal), taking action to combat sickle cell disease and strengthen partnerships between health professionals in Africa.

During the week of workshops, GRAD6 also worked on evaluating the guide for sickle cell disease management, a guide which was launched in 2018 in 6 partner countries of the programme.  An analysis of this work will help to ensure future developments to the guide are better focused.

Finally, GRAD6 is also working on a training module for instructors which is to be implemented during the 1st half of 2022. The module should facilitate the scaling up of training for doctors in regard to sickle cell disease and also foster the decentralisation of patient care.  

As a reminder, the fight against sickle cell disease is one of the Monegasque Cooperation’s flagship programmes. This latest operation promotes the efforts of the Ministries of Health in 6 partner countries of the programme, supports reference centres and fosters training for doctors and medical staff. The Government of Monaco also supports the deployment of a network between patient associations and sickle cell disease consultants.

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