1st Lady Denise Nyakeru presents diplomas to more than 100 graduates trained in sickle cell disease

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Kinshasa, July 7th, 2022 (CPA) – The First Lady Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi presented diplomas to the 121 laureates of the 2nd promotion of the interuniversity diploma in sickle cell disease during a ceremony organized in the promotion room of the University of Kinshasa, indicates a press release from its Foundation which reached CPA on Wednesday.

Thanks to the support of the Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi Foundation, these laureates have followed a course offered with the participation of K.U. Leuven, the Free University of Brussels and the University Paris Est Creteil, notes the press release, specifying that this diploma is a response to the pitfalls identified in the management of sickle cell disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in particular and the lack of trained personnel in this area.

According to the source, the First Lady of the Republic, who was speaking on behalf of her foundation, congratulated the winners who, according to her, are now equipped in the prevention, diagnosis and care of sickle cell patients.

« To the happy winners, I present my sincere congratulations for having accomplished this great step which reduces the knowledge gap on sickle cell disease and which increases the number of units in the army deployed in the merciless fight against this disease“, said the First Lady.

Aware of the harmful consequences of the disease on society, the press release adds, the president of FDNT called, in the presence of the Ministers in charge of Health, Scientific Research and Higher and University Education, for collective involvement to block the road to the world’s first genetic disease.

Through assistance and advocacy, Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, through her foundation, has made the fight against sickle cell disease her priority.

In particular, in 2020, it submitted to the government a plea for the fight against sickle cell disease in DRC, it is recalled. ACP/