11/1/2011: Kenya/Martin Center Press Release

Following the closing of its laboratory, Martin Center Inc. has donated no longer needed blood screening equipment to the IHTC’s partnership with the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and the Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Kenya.

Since 1969 the Martin Center has been combating Sickle Cell Disease by providing blood screening, genetic counseling, and social services to those throughout Indiana with Sickle Cell Disease. Their donated equipment, an electrophoresis machine and other associated devices, was transported to Kenya in late October. This equipment will be used in the first neonatal screening program for Sickle Cell Disease in the western regions of Kenya, a country that has one of the highest rates of the disease globally.

The IHTC began its partnership with the IU School of Medicine and MTRH in 2009. The program’s mission is to provide newborn screening, education and prophylactic and acute care to all affected newborns in Kenya. The IHTC intends the program to eventually serve as a basis for the development of future newborn screening programs throughout Kenya.

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