Watch: Inspirational work in raising awareness of sickle cell disease recognised
Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu is committed to championing the fight against sickle cell disease – a condition that largely affects people of African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean and Asian origin
Political with a small ‘p’ is how Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu describes herself. Her endless campaigning to raise awareness of sickle cell disease and for healthcare professionals to have a greater understanding of other cultures has brought about changes across the NHS.
For her inspiring work, she was recently made a fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, an accolade in her long list of accomplishments, including the Royal College of Nursing fellowship and being made a Dame in 2017.
These titles reflect Emeritus Professor Anionwu’s dedication to the NHS after starting as a school nurse assistant at the age of 16 in 1963.
Sickle cell awareness
By the late 1960s,...
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