Sickle Cell Programme Researchers Serve as Role Models to Tanzanian Girls 

The Teen Girls Organization (T Go) is a student led organization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania that works with girls in the local community to educate them in areas not taught in their school system.

The project organizes an annual career event with the intent of inspiring teen Tanzanian girls to pursue non-traditional career paths. Tanzanian girls from a multitude of schools across Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo were able to meet and interact with Tanzanian and international women who have pursued a range of careers, educating and inspiring young women and demonstrating that following their own dreams and interests is possible.

Members of the Sickle Cell Programme, Dr Jill Kent (Grants Adviser), Dr Hilda Tutuba (Research Fellow), and Florence Urio (Assistant Lecturer and PhD Fellow) talked about science, the range of science careers, and the career paths of the women working with the Sickle Cell Programme. Dr. Hilda also provided information on sickle cell disease (SCD) and the importance of knowing one’s SCD status. Some of the girls were not previoulsy aware of SCD, which resulted in numerous questions from the group.


Reposted from the SCD Coalition April Update

Brooke Pillifant

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