Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa

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



Edeghonghon Olayemi

Edeghonghon is the site coordinator for Accra. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Consultant Haematologist. He is the immediate past Director of the Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics (GICG), where the premier adult sickle cell disease clinic in Ghana is located.


His areas of expertise include sickle cell disease, thrombosis and haemostasis. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, U.K.


He coordinates all the activities at the Accra site and also represents the site at the site coordinators’ meeting.


He spends his leisure reading biographies and watching documentaries.



Amma Benneh-Akwasi Kuma

Amma is a co-investigator with the responsibility of overseeing the of enrolment 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’ experience, managing patients with sickle cell disease and 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.


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 hold 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.


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 role is to introduce the project to sickle cell disease (SCD) patients, recruitment of those who are interested, 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 joining this project would help enlighten her path to acquiring more knowledge in SCD.


Eugenia has three (3) years of working experience in the ward. With this project being a totally new experience for her, she is very excited to be part of it as it will help build her up both professionally and personally.


Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, read novels, watch movies/stage plays, listen to music, and engage in public witnessing.


Enoch Opoku Antoh

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

He has a Laboratory 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 9 years working experience in the Laboratory and Public Health practice. His research interest is in infectious disease. HE and has been part of several outbreak investigations in Ghana.

Enoch joined this Project to gain more 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.


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.


Sickle Cell Disease Genomics Network of Africa (SickleGenAfrica).

SickleGenAfrica: A research network of the H3Africa consortium

Get in Touch

Administration & Examination Hall Building.

School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences.

University of Ghana,

Korle Bu, Accra, Ghana

Telephone: +233 30 397 0949

Project Manager

Justina Agula, MSc

Telephone: +233 24 814 9499

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