The Sickle Pan-African Research Consortium (SPARCO) consisting of a hub (Tanzania) and collaborative consortium sites in Ghana and Nigeria is one of the major research projects being hosted at the Centre of Excellence for Sickle Cell Disease Research (CESRTA). It is a four year project which started in May 2017. The objectives of SPARCO are:

  1. To develop an ethically and legally approved, patient consented, centralized, secure, web-based database of 13,000  paediatric and adult sickle cell patients for health services and research with distribution as follows: 6000 in Nigeria, 4000 in Tanzania and 3000 in Ghana.
  2. To develop, implement and evaluate a resource-based, multi-level, “Guidelines for Management of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)”, in order to standardize the care of individuals with SCD.
  3. To organize short, medium and long-term training programs to strengthen skills in SCD health services and research.
  4. To develop plans for future research by establishing SCD cohorts in SSA in order to create a platform to conduct SCD-related epidemiologic, translational and clinical research.

In line with these objectives, over 1,300 paediatrics and adult sickle cell disease patients across Nigeria have been enrolled so far. SPARCO staff and health workers involved in the management of SCD have attended several training workshops on multidisciplinary management of SCD, SCD research as well as Data management and Genetic counselling organized both within and outside Nigeria. In addition, concept documents are being developed in the major research areas identified by the consortium.

Key personnel SPARCO Nigeria Site

Site Co-PI

Research Working Group

Skill Development working group

Standards of Care and Nigeria Site Co-ordinator

Data Working Group


Paediatric Sickle Cell Programme University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada

  • Professor Uche Nnebe-Agumadu (Head, Paediatric Sickle Cell Programme)
  • Dr Adebayo I. Adoga 
  • Nurse James- Nurse Coordinator, Paediatric Sickle Cell Clinic, POPD, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Clinic Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (Transition Clinic)

Time: 8.00 a.m

Contact Phone: +2348065351905


Adult Sickle Cell Programme University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada

  • Professor Obiageli E. Nnodu
  • Dr Hezekiah Isa
  • Dr Yohanna Tanko
  • Dr Theresa Otu
  • Dr Ejike Uchenna
  • Dr Sunday Atodo
  • Dr Atinuke Ibrahim
  • Chinwe Livina- Chief Nursing Officer, Adult Sickle Cell Clinic, MOPD
  • Ruth Bako- Chief Nursing Officer, Adult Sickle Cell Clinic, MOPD

Clinic Days: Wednesdays

Time: 11.00 a.m    

Contact Phone: +2347036525145


Outreach Programmes

Gwagwalada Town Clinic **

  • Dr Adeyemi Adeniran
  • Dr Douglas Nkemdilim

Dagiri Comprehensive Health Centre**    


SPARCO Collaborating Centres



Site Lead


University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH)- Adult

Professor O.E Nnodu


University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH)- Paediatrics

Professor U. Nnebe-Agumadu


Zankli Medical Centre, Abuja

Dr Funke Lawson


Maitama District Hospital, Maitama

Dr Dominic Umoru


General Hospital, Nyanya

Dr Lilian Ekwem


Federal Medical Centre, Keffi

Dr Chinatu N Ohiaeri


Obafemi Awolowo Universty Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife- Paediatrics

Dr Samuel Adegoke

Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife- Adult

Professor Nora Akinola


University College Hospital, Ibadan

Dr Biobele Brown

University College Hospital , Ibadan

Dr John Olaniyi


Kaduna State University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna

Dr Dogara Livingstone


University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu-Adult

Dr Anazoeze Madu

University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu-Paediatrics

Dr Osita Ezenwosu


Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi- Adult

Dr Emmanuel. Okocha

Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi-Paediatrics

Dr John Aneke


Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta state

Professor Angela Okolo


Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos

Dr Ije Diaku-Akinwumi


Lagos University Teaching Hospital

Dr Titilayo Adeyemo


Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi

Dr Garba Umar Kangiwa


Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital, Kano

Professor Aisha Gwarzo


University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital

Professor Usman Abjah


Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki

Dr Ngozi Ugwu


Irrua Specialist Hospital, Delta State; Ambrose Ali University

Dr David Olaniyi Olanrewaju


Federal Medical Centre Gombe

Dr Ahmed Girei


National Hospital Abuja – Adult

Dr Tambi Wakama

National Hospital Abuja – Paediatrics

Dr Seyi Oniyangi


Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria

Dr Abdul-Aziz Hassan