Meet the Executives
These images capture the true essence, purpose and importance of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF). I It’s hard to believe that over 3 years have passed since the establishment of SCAF in Nigeria. What began as an idea to improve awareness on Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) and ensure enhanced, dedicated care for persons with SCD, has materialized into a recognized advocacy organisation in Nigeria. We are incredibly proud of what SCAF has accomplished within a short span of time, and we could not have done it without support from our sponsors and hands on help from dedicated volunteers and members.
It has been exactly a year since taking over as the president of SCAF from the founder of the organisation. Having served as the vice-president during my time at the Nigerian Law School Bwari, I already knew what was required, but overseeing the whole organisation,including the newly formed Bwari team required a lot more work than I had envisaged.
Dr. Kanayo Nwankwo
Kanayo is a Medical Doctor with an unwavering passion for persons with sickle cell disorders.
He is an advocate for the disorder and ensures that indigent beneficiaries of the foundation have access to quality healthcare and treatment.
Mrs Yejide Adewakun
It has also been a great year for SCAF as we continue our quest to break the sickle cycle in Nigeria. We have been able to carry out free genotype tests and genetic counseling through our popular “Know Your Genotype Campaign” in various areas in the Federal Capital Territory. We are currently working with other organizations such as the National Blood Transfusion Services to ensure that sickle cell patients have access to screened blood for blood transfusion. In furtherance of this objective, we recently started the drive for blood donor registration by encouraging young Nigerians to save lives through blood donation.
Vice President (Projects)
I am a Legal practitioner, a member of the Irish Law Society and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. I became a SCAF member in 2013 at the Nigeria Law School where i was the President for 2013-2014. I joined because i believe in the aims and objectives of SCAF and i know that with the little i have to offer it could change the lives of many through raising awareness and educating people on the need to know their genotypes and make telling decisions which could affect our tomorrow.
Events & Project coordinator
Elmer Aluge is a General Biologist (Troy Universiy, AL) from Delta State, NG. With a background in extensive biological research, She is currently in SCAF as the Administrative Manager through the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) program. She has been an enthusiastic and efficient team player and has enjoyed her experience with SCAF so far. Though the job is tasking and demanding, she reveals that she derives joy from making people feel better and SCAF has given her the opportunity to do that through various programs and projects.
I am so proud of SCAF for the work that has been done so far and I know there’s more to come. I dedicate my time, money and resources in ensuring the goal is met. We all need to join hands and call attention to this condition. Get involved today.
Project & Fundsraising Officer
I am a Legal practitioner and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
I have close friends and family members living with sickle cell anemia, however, losing a childhood friend (sister) informed my decision to join Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF).
I started as a volunteer, before I was elevated to the level of an executive. Being a member of SCAF has exposed me to a lot of things. There have been great wins and a fair number of challenges such as, losing two of our founding members and friends (Nura & Awele). However, I believe these are part of the things that feed our drive to help the society and break through sickle cycle.
Scott is a public health specialist with a background in Medical Laboratory sciences. (Hematology and Blood groups serology Major). She is the public health specialist for SCAF and sis responsible for analyzing the data generated for SCAF activities and its public health impact in the communities SCAF works with.