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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
Elizabeth Anionwu

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.

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