Our Strategy

On 1 July 2017, DSC approved the first draft of our strategy aptly named "OvercomingSCD" to guide our work, growth and development over an initial six year course and beyond in a major phase to change the narrative of SCD in Nigeria and the larger Africa and guide our evolution as an organization.

At its core, OvercomingSCD is all about impact – specifically, the impact of DSC’s activities on the health of millions of people living with or affected by SCD(PLWSCD), particularly children, women and those living in disadvantaged circumstances in underserved communities and resource-poor countries alike.

Our people-first model integrates the perspectives of PLWSCD into our solutions, driving innovative and informed approaches to addressing percieved barriers while we strive to establish high-impact interventions and implementations that can be measured and scaled up.

Our multi-sectoral approach will engage with PLWSCD, young leaders, local and international organizations, governments, healthcare providers and civil society organizations and the media through traditional and new social media channels to contribute to addressing perceived barriers to SCD care and prevention.

By 2035, we expect sickle cell disease to be on the global agenda and a central consideration in all national health plans, with increased investment in prevention, early detection, treatment and care all resulting in improved overall health of PLWSCD, decrease in prevalence, streamlined informed data collection and lowering of mortality, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Our Strategic Plan

Over the next six years and beyond, OvercomingSCD will guide the development of high-impact interventions, inform new initiatives, activities, policies and resource decisions, as well as re-orient and re-focus our approaches to tackling the challenges of sickle cell disease in Nigeria and Africa.

The OvercomingSCD Strategic Plan positions us to respond to the challenge of SCD as well as embrace new opportunities as they arise. Building on our strenghts and the combined resources and capabilities of partnerships, we set out our ambitious vision of overcoming sickle cell disease in Africa.

Our Strategic Direction

Our strategic directions are pivotal to achieving our vision of overcoming sickle cell disease in Nigeria and Africa.

They position us to anticipate and respond to the immediate challenges, as well as to embrace new opportunities and innovative ways of delivering high quality, responsive and scalable programs and solutions over the longer term. They form the foundation for our prioritiesat DCS, from convening, to capacity building, access to care and advocacy.

Areas of Strategic Focus

Being impact driven, OvercomingSCD will strategically focus on areas of greater needs where implementations will bring about improved health outcomes for the people and contribute to the sustainable development for the society. As part of our strategic plan, we have identified three strategic focus areas — Women and Child Health and Underserved SCD Communities — where we will strengthen our role and create positive impact.

To amplify these focus areas, DSC actively works on three program agendas under the OvercomingSCD Initiative;

  • OvercomingSCD in Children: We will take the lead in improving health outcomes for newborns and children with SCD. This will intensify our objective on addressing the burden posed by sickle cell disease in children. Our goal for the program is to improve early diagnosis, survival rate and health outcomes of children born with sickle cell disease.
  • OvercomingSCD in Women: We will work to improve healthcare needs women with SCD. This will address nutrition and maternity health in women with SCD
  • Overcoming in Rural Communities: We will innovate and develop interventions that satisfy rural community health needs for SCD. This will intensify and encompass our strategy and programs for addressing the burdens of sickle cell disease among the underserved sickle cell communities through people-first perspectives and informed community health-needs

OvercomingSCD calls for collaboration with PLWSCD, local and international organizations, governments, healthcare providers and civil society organizations to contribute to addressing perceived barriers to SCD care and prevention.

Partnering to Impact

We strive to ensure that our partnerships are proactive, accountable and actively invested in all efforts to impact on the status of sickle cell disease in Africa and strengthen collaboration on building informed sustainable solutions that can be implemented, measured and scaled up overtime.

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