SickleInAfrica Consortium

The Sickle In Africa consortium aims to facilitate research in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the subsequent translation of this research into healthcare and health outcomes. Sickle in Africa is made up of three initiatives : Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Center (SADaCC), Sickle Pan-African Research Consortium (SPARCO) and Sickle Cell Pan African Network (SPAN).

SPARCO: Multinational consortium which is coordinated from a hub at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science. SPARCO aims to develop research capacity for SCD through a multidimensional approach which addresses infrastructure, education & training, provision of longitudinal research data and the translation of research into practise.
SADaCC: An administrative, data standardization and coordinating center for Sickle Cell Disease research and infrastructure needs. Its current mandate is to focus on supporting and coordinating data and communications for a partner research network, SPARCO with plans to expand this support to research groups within SPAN in the future.
SPAN: A network of researchers, clinicians, funders and centers working in SCD which aims foster research and infrastructure development.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Guidelines and Templates

This platform provides Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), guidelines and policies developed by the Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Center (SADaCC) in collaboration with the Sickle African Pan African Network (SPARCo). SOPs, guidelines and policies help standardize data and procedures at the SPARCo sites in-order to improve data quality and adhere to ethical requirements of the project. A key aspect about this platform is that each member of the SADaCC and SPARCo consortium will be assessed how well they comprehend the SOP, guidelines and policies assigned to their job description before their can commence their duties as well as after every 6 months.

SOPs & Quizzes

Online Meeting

Title Date of Meeting
Steering Committee Monday, February 4, 2019
Standards of Care and Skills Development WGs Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Steering Committee Thursday, November 8, 2018
3rd Annual Consortium Meeting -Abuja Wednesday, November 7, 2018
WG Database & Research Friday, October 12, 2018

Workshops/Face to Face Meetings

Title Opening / Closing date
Fourth SickleInAfrica Meeting, Tunisia (12-13 April, 2019) Friday, April 12, 2019 - 08:00 to Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 22:00
NGS Analysis for Monogenic Disease in African Populations Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 07:00 to Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 16:00
Introductory Python based Software Carpentry Friday, November 2, 2018 - 07:15

External Opportunities

Category Title Application Deadline
Fellowships/Internship International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) (K01) Thursday, March 7, 2019 (All day)
Fellowships/Internship Takemi Program in International Health Monday, December 31, 2018 (All day)
Competitions The Greenwood Africa Award Sunday, December 9, 2018 (All day)
Conferences/Meetings Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC)'s 12th National Conference Friday, November 30, 2018 (All day)
Fellowships/Internship PhD Opportunity: Identifying novel DNA modifying enzymes by functional metagenomics Friday, November 30, 2018 (All day)