About The Founder

Marie Ojiambo

Marie Ojiambo is a Doctor of Pharmacy who graduated with a bachelors of Pharmacy from University of Nairobi School of Pharmacy, Kenya and subsequently relocated to the United states of America for further studies. She is currently pursuing a MSc in Industrial Pharmacy, thesis program at St. Johns University, Queens, NY.

Fighting For The Welfare of Children

The young Doctor has a growing passion as concerns the welfare of children and young adults suffering from Sickle Cell disease. Sickle Cell disease continues to be a growing health concern in many African countries, African American communities, some Asian communities and as well as populations in the Mediterranean regions including Greece and Italy. Marie was born and has been raised with Sickle cell disease which is what her initiative focuses on. On relocating to the United States of America, the young Doctor fell sick and realized how little people around her knew about the disease, medical personnel included. This marked a turning point in her life. She has dedicated all her free time to raising awareness around the disease and finding ways by which she could assist other patients suffering the condition. Her primary target been individuals afflicted with the condition who stem from needy backgrounds and who are in need of a strong support system of which she has been fortunate to have.

The Sickle Strong Initiative

It is a Not for profit that was birthed in the year 2012 by Dr. Marie Ojiambo, a young Doctor of Pharmacy who suffers from sickle cell disease. The organisation’s mandate is to create awareness around sickle cell disease, create awareness around the control and management of the disease, create a positive environment around patients suffering sickle cell disease and to help fight and decrease the stigma faced by patients suffering the disease. The SSI has partnered with Solutions for Health and Development a Non Governmental Organisation registered as a 501 (c) (3) based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Who we are:

The Sickle Strong Initiative is an organization whose aim is to raise awareness around sickle cell disease, its control and management. The organisation also seeks to decrease the stigma around patients suffering the disease and help create a positive attitude among these patients.
The organization seeks to do this helping advocate for patients suffering the disease through their engagement with governments and all stakeholders in the decision making processes as regards the care of this vulnerable group.

Mary Masamo

I am a mother first and everything else later. I believe in homeopathic options and a good diet for preventive and curative measures. You should love yourself to take care of yourself.

Molly Ochar

Living with sickle cell disease is not a death sentence. It is but one of life's courses that forces us to utilize our inner strength to live healthy with immeasurable success. Sickle Strong Initiative is very resourceful in the areas of pain management, life skills adaptation, communication with health professionals and the like, coping and also acceptance. It also helps individuals to elevate themselves out of the stresses, strains and issues associated with a chronic health condition of Sickle Cell. Adopt a sickler today and save a life.

Lea Masamo

A warrior abundant and infinitely healthy, Sickle Cell Disease synchronistically has made her the person she is today.’ It is by going through those moments of great pain that great healing is achieved she says. Once you I stopped seeing SCD as an obstacle I regained my power. Everyday is a new experience of living a life that serves my greatest good.

Raychelle Mayaka

We strive to make a difference. We want to empower those affected in every way we can, to help them realize that you can go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined

The vision

  • To realise better health care for patients suffering from Sickle Cell Disease.

The Mission

  • Raise awareness around the management, control, treatment, and healthy/positive living with sickle cell disease.
  • Counsel and provide support groups for patients suffering from Sickle cell disease, their immediate family and support systems.
  • Provide chemo prophylactic and financial solutions for patients suffering Sickle cell disease who cannot afford treatment and show need of assistance.
  • Assess and meet the needs of medical personnel who treat and care for patients suffering sickle cell disease.