Sickle Cell & Blood Donation in Africa – W/ Zita Fomafung & Charlotte Tcheudji

Today, we continue our conversation to honor Sickle Cell Awareness month, which is September. We will further discuss the importance of donating blood in our community and how that is very useful especially for sickle cell patients. We will be sharing the story of an African mother who has had firsthand experience with caring for her children with sickle cell and why donating blood could not only help patients during an episode, but could go as far as saving lives. 

Mrs. Charlotte Tcheudji is a mother of 5 children who were born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa. Two of these children had sickle cell but were fortunate enough to undergo a bone marrow transplant, which though a fortune, has brought a tremendously positive impact on their quality of life. Charlotte has had extensive experience dealing with sickle cell patients from taking care of her children and is so passionate about speaking about the sickle cell as well as helping the underprivileged patients who are going through the pain of this disease in Africa through financial and medical device donations.  

Mrs. Zita Fomafung, born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, is a CPA (certified public accountant) by profession and an overall solutionner. I am a serial entrepreneur/hobby-preneur with her latest business Bojongo CPAs serving the Dallas Fort Worth area in the USA. She has several passion projects, one of which led her to create  LifeLine Africa, an NGO with a mission to save lives by making blood transfusion possible. LifeLine was created in 2018 and started operations in Cameroon in 2019. They recruit, retain, and manage benevolent blood donors for their partner hospitals/blood banks. They are the first step to ensuring a safe and quality blood supply for the population. 

[00:01 – 02:37] Opening Segment

  • Introduction

[02:37 – 18:27] A Mother’s Sickle Cell Story

  • Mrs. Charlotte path to having sickle cell children
  • Sharing her kid’s experience with sickle cell
  • Life & raising kid’s with sickle cell
  • The children’s experience with sickle cell
  • The story of surgeries
  • The path to healing for the kids

[18:27 – 35:30] Mrs. Zita’s Experience with Blood Donation

  • About her organization (Life Line)
  • The Blood Donation challenges in Cameroon
  • Recruitment for Blood Donation
  • How her organization operates
  • Challenges facing Her Organization

[35:30 – 46:58] Guests Shares More of their Challenges

  • The operation of Mrs. Charlotte’s organization
  • Challenges facing the organization
  • Society’s mindset on blood donation
  • Education & Sensitization
  • How we can all contribute 

[53:58 – 56:01] Final Words

  • How the Diaspora can Help
  • Guests share final words
  • Anyoh shares final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“Blood transfusion saved the lives of my children and without the kind donation of people, they won’t be alive. Remember, you can save a lot of lives.” – Charlotte Tcheudji

“Our mentality about blood donation and blood transfusion needs to change because without it, a lot of people are going to die.” – Charlotte Tcheudji

“The most effective way to recruiting the majority of our community to donate blood is through education and sensitization by sharing true-life stories.” – Zita Fomafung

“We need to consider the fact that – one day, we’re going to be on the other side of the road and we will need blood.” – Anyoh Fombad

Ms. Zita can be reached on:

Email: Zita.fomafung@lifelineafrica.org // Instagram and Facebook: LifeLine_africa // Website: www.lifelineafrica.org

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