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Dr. Makubi is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Specialist Physician and Hematologist/Cardiologist.

Ms. Ndunguru holds a bachelor degree in Public Relations from University of Dar es Salaam. She has more than five years’ experience in Administration, Human Resource and Finance both at Private and donor funded projects. Prior to joining Sickle Pan-African Research Consortium (SPARCO)-Tanzania, she has worked as Audit Associate at a medium size audit firm. Joyce has experience in financial planning, budgeting and monitoring. Joyce currently works with SPARCO- Tanzania as Project Administrative and Finance Officer.

Dr. Fat-hiya is a pediatric hemato-oncology fellow at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science (MUHAS). She holds a bachelor's degree Doctor of Medicine from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Muhimbili University College of Health Science and a Master of Medicine in Pediatrics and Child Health from International Medical and Technological University (IMTU), Dar es Salaam Tanzania. She is a Lecturer at The State University of Zanzibar, School of Health and Medical Sciences where she teaches and supervises medical students. She is also a Pediatrician at Mnazi Mmoja Referral Hospital, Zanzibar and in charge of Sickle Cell Clinic. She. She is acting head of the department of Pediatric. Her career focuses on the provision of standard care to patients as well as capacity building in research on various diseases in Paediatric, especially on hematological and oncology related. She is a Member of Tanzania National committee for verification of Measles elimination, Zanzibar committee for investigation of adverse events following immunization, Tanganyika Medical council, and a member of the Paediatric Association of Tanzania Zanzibar Medical Board. She is a Satellite Coordinator-Zanzibar for Sickle Pan-African Research Consortium (SPARCO)-Tanzania.

Dr. Ambrose is a pediatrician and child health specialist at Bugando Medical Centre teaching and consultant hospital. She serves as the paediatric haematologist for her hospital, which serves 40% of the country’s population. She devotes her clinical practice and research efforts to haematology, especially sickle cell disease. She has supplemented her clinical training with additional experience in haematology obtained from Boston Children’s Hospital as part of their global hematology/oncology (GLOBE) program and from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she completed an observership and a haemoglobinopathy counseling course. Emmanuela documented the birth prevalence of sickle cell disease and described the haematological and clinical evolution of the disease in Tanzanian infants as part of her master’s thesis and was a co-investigator for the Tanzania Sickle Surveillance Study (TS3) which obtained contemporary sickle cell prevalence data from a geographically representative sample in all regions and districts of northwest Tanzania. In 2017 she was awarded an ASH Global Scholar award to perform a clinical trial entitled “Stroke Prevention with Hydroxyurea Enabled through Research and Education (SPHERE)” which opened enrollment in April 2019. Currently she is working with SPARCO- Tanzania as Satellite contact personnel in Mwanza and Hydroxyurea Study Lead.

Dr. Mwashungi holds a Degree of Medicine (2010) and a Master of Medicine in Haematology and Blood Transfusion (2017) from the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. Currently, she is working as a hematologist at Temeke Regional Referral Hospital where she is the head of the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion. She is also an honorary lecturer at MUHAS, teaching and supervising both undergraduates and postgraduates students in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion. She is a research fellow in the Sickle Cell Programme and a member of the Standards of Care working group Sickle Pan African Research Consortium (SPARCO) Tanzania. She is interested in research on hemolytic anemia.

Dr. Tutuba is a Medical Doctor and master’s student working as a SPARCO-Tanzania Clinical Research Fellow within the Sickle Cell Program, Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. She is involved in research and clinical duties, also in providing health education to Sickle Cell patients at clinics and the community at large. Tutuba holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University and prior to joining the Sickle Cell Program, she worked as an Intern Doctor at Muhimbili National Hospital where she acquired outstanding academic and clinical skills. Tutuba also served as a volunteer at the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp under the Tanzania Red Cross Society as a clinician.

Dr. Ndobho holds a Degree of Medicine (2011) from Hubert Kairuki Memorial University and a Master of Medicine in Haematology and Blood Transfusion (2017) from the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. She is a hematologist who worked at Sickle Cell Programme as a Clinical coordinator as well as Sicklegen Africa. Currently, she is working at Muhimbili National Hospital, Mloganzila, as clinician and head of Laboratory services at Mloganzila. She is a research fellow and clinician for Sickle Pan African Research Consortium (SPARCO) - Tanzania.

Dr. Ndalo is a clinician at Bagamoyo District Hospital and in charge of the SCD clinic. She is well experienced in research activities on both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Her focus is on care for patients with sickle cell disease. Currently, she is working as SPARCO Tanzania- Satellite contact personnel at Bagamoyo District Hospital.

Ms. Julieth is a registered nurse and in charge of the Paediatric outpatient clinic at Bugando Medical Center, Mwanza. She has experience in providing care to maternal, pediatric, post-surgery patients as well as critically ill patients. Her career is to focus on both clinical and research studies. Currently, She is working as a Research Nurse for Sickle Pan Africa Research Consortium.

Ms. Urio has a background in Molecular Biology and Chemistry, having achieved her Bachelor's degree in Science at University of Namibia, Namibia in 2008. She completed her Master of Science at Linköping University, Sweden in 2012. This included a research project on “Epstein Barr Virus immortalization and characterization of Malaria specific B-cells from immune donors” in Prof. Mats Wahlgren's group at Karolinska Institute through which she developed her knowledge of malaria and technical skills in Parasitology and Immunology. She is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry and finalizing her PhD studies in Molecular Hematology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. Her main goal is to be able to determine the genetic determinants and prognostic role of F cells in Sickle cell anemia and Malaria. Florence has also published 6 papers in the area of Sickle cell disease and Malaria in International Journals. She is currently an Fcell Study Lead for Sickle Pan-African Research Consortium (SPARCO)-Tanzania