H.E Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

( Former President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria )

Past Congresses


The African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease is organized by Dr. SickleCell (DSC) and held annually under the High Patronage of His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR. It underpins DSC’s purpose statement to connect and convene the sickle cell communities from the African Region and the world on an international platform to further sickle cell prevention and control.

As such, the African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease has been established as the foremost-inclusive event on SCD in the region as it bridges communities, cultures and generations, providing opportunities for leaders, sickle cell and health experts from over 18 countries to:

  • connect and collaborate on current and future outlooks on sickle cell disease
  • build capacities and meaningful connections
  • exchange knowledge in multidisciplinary areas of sickle cell control – from prevention and treatment to palliative care
  • strengthen sickle prevention & care at national, regional and global levels

The first African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease was held in Lagos in 2019 under the theme “Overcoming Sickle Cell Disease – Power of the Collective Voice”.

Next Congress

  • 2nd edition was initially due to take place in Abuja, Nigeria on 05 – 07 November 2020, but was then pushed back to March 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.. However it has since been reconsidered for a time in May or August as a fully Virtual event.
  • 3rd edition will hold as a hybrid event, virtually and at a place TBD in October 2022

Past Congresses

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