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Sickle Cell Disease Now Covered By NHF

Sickle Cell Disease Now Covered By NHF

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) has been added to the list of chronic conditions covered by the National Health Fund (NHF). A total of $211 million has been allocated for subsidies on medication for the treatment of the disease. This brings to 16, the number of illnesses covered under the Fund’s Individual Benefits Programme. The announcement was made at a ceremony held on Tuesday (June 30), at the New Kingston Conference Centre.

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Gina fights for sicklers

Gina fights for sicklers

You would think that with volunteer projects at the McCam Childcare Centre, UNAIDS, Crawford Academy and Trailfinders of Canada, Gina Hargitay’s lap would be full. But two weeks ago, the 20 year-old beauty who took the Miss Jamaica World 2013 and Miss World Caribbean 2013 crowns formalised her association with yet another charity – the former Sickle Cell Support Club of Jamaica, which was rebranded the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica and launched on April 14.

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Relaunched Sickle Cell Foundation aims to increase support

Relaunched Sickle Cell Foundation aims to increase support

Persons living with Sickle Cell disease can now look forward to increased support as the Sickle Cell Support Club has been rebranded the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica (SCSFJ). As a foundation, the 23-year-old organisation will now be able to attract funds from more international and local donors, putting it in a better position to fulfill its mandate.

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‘Don’t exclude sicklers’

‘Don’t exclude sicklers’

The Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica is calling on the Ministry of Health to ensure equity is demonstrated when considering the groups of people who can benefit from subsidies through the use of the National Health Fund (NHF) card.

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Gov’t acquires machine for sickle cell screening

Gov’t acquires machine for sickle cell screening

The Government of Jamaica has acquired a High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) machine to aid in the reduction of deaths due to sickle cell disease. The Sickle Cell Unit, located at the Tropical Medical Research Institute at University of the West Indies, Mona, received the machine from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), yesterday, at an official handing over.

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