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Pictorial: Kacie Imran Sickle Cell Fundraising Drive

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Among the people who turned up for the fundraising included musicians Bebe Cool who gave Kacies parents Hakeem Buuza and Lynn Najjemba 300,000 Shillings, A Pass and the Managing Director Pearl FM Abdul Karim Kaliisa who donated 10,000 US dollars and others.
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On Saturday, a number of people turned up for the fundraising event to raise 100,000 US Dollars to take seven-year-old Kacie Imran Buuza who was diagnosed with sickle cell disease for a bone marrow transplant.

A bone marrow transplant is a procedure that infuses healthy cells, called stem cells, into the body to replace damaged or diseased bone marrow.

The event that was held at Hotel Africana People's Space involved a number of activities like car washing at 50,000 Shillings, T-shirt selling at 30,000 Shillings, free sickle cell screening, blood donation and others.

Among the people who turned up included musicians Moses Ssali commonly known as Bebe Cool who gave Kacie's parents Hakeem Buuza and Lynn Najjemba 300,000 Shillings, the Managing Director Pearl FM Abdul Karim Kaliisa who donated 10,000 US dollars and others.

According to the Ministry of Health, 33,000 babies are born annually with the disease of which, 80% die before the age of 5 years

A survey conducted by the ministry in 2014 indicates that Northern Uganda has the highest prevalence of Sickle cell trait in the country standing at 18.6%. The study revealed that East-Central regions come second with a sickle cell prevalence of 16.7% while Mid-Eastern and South-Western regions have a sickle cell trait prevalence of 16.5% and 4.1% respectively.

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