Fellow Since 2002
ASAED - Association Senegalaise dAssistance aux Enfants Drep
This profile was prepared when Abdoulaye Diaw was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
A pioneer on the issue of sickle cell anemia, Abdoulaye has succeeded in making the illness and its social effects a matter of public health. He has developed a strategy that addresses both the physical and social well-being of those affected. Abdoulaye assists children and their families with free medication and education on preventative measures aimed at lowering hospital costs. Additional medical assistance and follow-up treatment are also provided–services which are often otherwise inaccessible. Abdoulaye has also devoted significant effort to encouraging scientific research on treatment and building awareness about the disease in schools and among the general public. His vision and action have inspired various policies, as well as the creation of several local organizations promoting the fight against sickle cell anemia and its consequences.