To test or not: occurrence of sickle cell trait and assessment of the awareness toward its screening among patients attending Magale Health Center IV, Namisindwa District, Eastern Uganda


To evaluate the occurrence of sickle cell trait (SCT), assess patient awareness and evaluate the performance of a sickle cell hemoglobin-S (dithionate-qualitative solubility) point-of-care test among patients seeking care at Magale Health Center IV, Namisindwa District, Eastern Uganda.ization and discrimination of people living with sickle cell disease causing isolation from family and society.

*Journal of Blood Medicine
Sharifu Tusuubira
Ph.D. Fellow

Sharifu Kiragga Tusuubira is an evolutionary geneticist in training, with a track record of launching companies and leading organizations in sub-Saharan Africa. As a young man growing up in the slums of Kampala city, Sharifu discovered his passion for science, advocacy, and engaging communities. At 20 years of age, he conceived and launched his first company that went on to receive a contract (just after the launch) for offering vaccination services to the Government Analytical Laboratories, a division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Uganda. Sharifu is passionate about research and scaling it into innovative business ideas. Sharifu is a machine learning lover interested in its application in quantitative genetics and genomics.