Antigua Observer- The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has said that babies born in Antigua and Barbuda, and Grenada, would benefit from a project designed to test newborns for sickle cell disease.
Earlier this week, the Saint Lucia-based organization said neonatal screening of sickle cell disease forms part of the INTERREG CARES project, aimed at facilitating stronger collaboration in the health sector between the Eastern Caribbean and the French Associate Members of the OECS, particularly Martinique and Guadeloupe.
According to the OECS, a delegation of medical experts from the Caribbean Network of Researchers on Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia (CAREST Network), and the University Hospital of Guadeloupe, recently completed two technical missions in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada.
The OECS said the missions enabled partners of the project to discuss the advancement in improving the screening and treatment of sickle cell disease in the nine-member OECS sub grouping.
It added that representatives of the two French organizations met with the English-speaking partners of the project, including health professionals – pediatricians, nurses, midwives, obstetricians – sickle cell associations and representatives from the ministries of Health in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda.
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