Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa

Accra, the capital city of Ghana is home to the University of Ghana’s School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital which are the two institutions for the Accra Collaborative Site.


The School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences is the leading Biomedical and Allied Health Science school in Ghana. The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is the largest tertiary hospital in Ghana. Recruitments at the Site take place at the adult sickle cell disease clinic and the paediatric sickle cell disease clinic.


Accra not only houses the Collaborative Site but also the Administrative Hub led by Prof. Solomon Ofori-Acquah.



Catherine Segbefia

Catherine is a Co-Investigator with the Accra Site. She is responsible for the overall enrolment of paediactric patients and assists with ensuring accurate and complete data collection and submission.


Her medical degree is from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She trained as a general paediatrician in the Department of Child Health, KBTH and did a subspecialty fellowship in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology (with specialization in Haemoglobinopathies, Haemostasis and Thrombosis) at the Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto, Canada.


She is also the Medical Lead for Newborn Screening in Sickle Cell Disease at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. She also holds the position of Head of Paediatric Haematology and Sickle Cell Clinics at the same hospital.


For Catherine, SickleGenAfrica is potentially revolutionary for all individuals affected by SCD in sub-Saharan Africa. She spends her free time reading and writing.


Amma Benneh-Akwasi Kuma

Amma is a co-investigator with the responsibility of overseeing the enrolment of adult patients with Sickle Cell Disease at the Centre of Clinical Genetics, Korle-Bu.


She graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School and is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians and Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a Haematologist with over fifteen years of experience in managing patients with sickle cell disease. She is passionate about enhancing their quality of life.


She has participated in several public education programmes on sickle cell disease and has undertaken various research projects in that field in conjunction with researchers from Center for Translational and International Haematology at the University of Pittsburgh, among others.


Her hobbies include reading, enjoying music and traditional dancing.


Enoch Opoku Antoh

Enoch is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Accra Site. His main responsibility is to coordinate all aspects of enrolment of research subjects (sickle cell patients and control subjects without sickle cell disease) into the project. His other roles include the recruitment of participants, collection, processing, storage and shipment of research samples.


He has a Laboratory Science background, holds an MPhil degree in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control and Advanced course in the Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme from the University of Ghana. He has nine years of working experience in the Laboratory and Public Health practice. His research interest is infectious diseases. He has been part of several outbreak investigations in Ghana. Enoch joined this Project to acquire experience in research and to broaden his knowledge in genetics and genomics of Sickle Cell Disease.


His hobbies are listening to music and watching football.


Eugenia Oppong

Eugenia is the research nurse for the Accra Collaborative Site.

She had her nursing training at Central University, Miotso (Ghana), where she obtained her first degree in BSc Nursing. Her responsibilities include the introduction of the project to sickle cell disease (SCD) patients, recruitment of interested persons, track and record care of acutely ill SCD patients, and compile clinical data.


Before joining this project, she only concerned herself with the basics when it came to sickle cell disease. So, she reckoned that joining this project would help in broadening her knowledge in SCD.


Eugenia has three (3) years of working experience in the ward. With this project being a completely new experience for her, she is hopeful it will build her up professionally and personally.


Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, reading novels, watching stage plays, listening to music, and engaging in public witnessing.


Rhoda Agyeiwaa Somuah

Rhoda is Laboratory Scientist for the Accra Site. Her duties include enrolling clients unto the study, collecting samples, processing and storing them.

She graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with BSc. Medical Laboratory Technology. Her internship training was at Eastern Regional Hospital.


Prior to SickleGenAfrica, she worked at Medlab Ghana Limited and at the Newlands Medical Centre where she was head of the laboratory department.

Rhoda is interested in understanding how genetic variation influences the body’s defense against haemolysis and the development of organ damage in sickle cell disease. This interest led her to join the Accra Site Team.


Outside of work, she likes to watch movies and go sightseeing.


Administration & Examination Hall Building.

School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences.

University of Ghana,

Korle Bu, Accra, Ghana

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