"The Sickle Cell Unit is a research instituition which seeks to improve the lives of individuals with sickle haemoglobinopathies through rigourous Biomedical Research, Education, and Clinical Care"

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The sickle-cell unit in Kingston has operated Jamaica’s only comprehensive sickle-cell centre since 1973, and initiated the Jamaican cohort Study of Sickle-Cell Disease (JSSCD) in the same year. JSSCD participants (552 haemoglobinopathies and 246 AA genotype controls) were initially identified from neonatal screening of 100,000 consecutive hospital deliveries.