Empowering newborn screening programs in African countries through establishment of an international collaborative effort

On behalf of the faculty and speakers at the First Pan African Workshop on Newborn Screening, Rabat, Morocco, June 12-14, 2019

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Abstract

In an effort to explore new knowledge and to develop meaningful collaborations for improving child health, the First Pan African Workshop on Newborn Screening was convened in June 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. Participants included an informal network of newborn screening stakeholders from across Africa and global experts in newborn screening and sickle cell disease. Over 150 attendees, representing 20 countries, were present including 11 African countries. The agenda focused on newborn screening rationale, techniques, system development, implementation barriers, ongoing research, and collaborations both globally and across Africa. We provide an overview of the workshop and a description of the newborn screening activities in the 11 African countries represented at the workshop, with a focus on sickle cell disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-268
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community Genetics
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

Keywords

  • Newborn screening
  • Pan-African
  • Public health
  • Rabat declaration
  • Sickle cell disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Genetics(clinical)

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    On behalf of the faculty and speakers at the First Pan African Workshop on Newborn Screening, Rabat, Morocco, June 12-14, 2019 (2020). Empowering newborn screening programs in African countries through establishment of an international collaborative effort. Journal of Community Genetics, 11(3), 253-268. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12687-020-00463-7