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ARISE presented its first webinar “COVID-19 and Sickle Cell Disease: the current scenario” that was held on the 19th May (Session 1) and the 28th May (Session 2). Overall more than 120 participants attended the webinar from different parts of the world also including people not involved in the ARISE project.

The webinar was the occasion to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 on the Sickle Cell Disease population. Prof. Baba Inusa along with relevant experts in the field of haemoglobinopathies from different countries, gave their contributions to the webinar by sharing their knowledge and experiences about the current emergency.

The first session aimed to learn more about the pathogenesis of the disease and to compare the current pandemic response from the UK, Italy and Ghana.

During the second session, the state of the pandemic was presented as well as useful data was shared on the responses from the United States and Lebanon. Furthermore, a focus on the children and families perspective as well as the psychological impact of COVID-19 on the population was widely addressed.

A dedicated session for the discussion was foreseen and a lot of questions were raised with a good level of attention and interaction.

The attendees who provided their feedback, were overall satisfied with the event that met their expectations. All the suggestions for improvement have been welcomed by the ARISE coordination team and will be used for future events and education initiatives.

The webinar material as well as the presentations are available on the ARISE website here!

Hoping this webinar was interesting and useful for you!

Waiting for the next one!