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Fellow makes BBC 2019 100 Women list


2009 Fellow Julie Makani has been included in the British Broadcast Corporation's list of 100 Women of 2019. The 2019 global list, compiled by the BBC, comprises 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.  Julie, a senior lecturer in haematology and blood transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, shares the stage with climate change activist Greta Thunberg, and trans woman Nisha Ayu,b who was put into a male prison aged 21.

All on the list are considered to be driving change for women everywhere.

Julie has dedicated the past two decades to research on treatment for sickle cell anaemia and working to influence health policies so that individuals across Africa can access vital diagnostic tests and medicines. She is trying to establish life-changing interventions including blood transfusion and hydroxyurea, a medicine with strong effects on the bone marrow— a step towards the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease. She is currently researching a cure using gene therapy.

This year's recognition from the BBC comes after Julie made the 2018 list of the 100 Most Influential Africans compiled annually by New African Magazine

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