Issa Ibn Abrahim Ali

Chairman of the Board

Issa Ibn Abrahim Ali hails from the Caribbean, the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He started his professional career as a licensed/registered pharmacist in the public health sector and later moved to being CEO (Pharmacy Manager) in the private sector. This International Master of Business Administration (Health Management) holder has been the President of the Society for Inherited and Severe Blood Disorders Trinidad and Tobago Ltd.) (SISBDTT) (Hemophilia; Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Disease) for the past eight years. Championing and advocating for persons living with inherited and severe blood disorders inclusive of Sickle Cell Disease, has become his life cause.

In his capacity as President, he has represented SISBDTT at several International Conferences, namely hosted by internationally recognized organizations like the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and the Thalassemia International Federation (TIF).

Some of the highlight landmark achievements of the SISBDTT under the leadership of Issa includes:

  • 8 successful Annual Walkathons; the organization’s largest social; fundraiser and awareness event.
  • SISBTT International Inherited Blood Disorders Symposium (2017) held in Trinidad and Tobago. “What was, What is, What will be”. Featured Speakers included Dr. Wayne Fredrick (President of Howard University, USA); Prof. Isaac Odame (Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Canada); Prof. Kwaku Frempong (Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA); Prof. Antonio Piga (Professor of Pediatrics, Torino University, Italy); Prof. Magareth Ozelo ( Assistant Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Campinas, Brazil) and Prof. Suthat Fucharoen (Professor Emeritus, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand).
  • Execution of Universal Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease at the Port of Spain General Hospital, T&T (2018). Historic Achievement, 1sttime executed in the history of Trinidad.
  • Initiation of the Southwest Regional Health Authority (SWRHA)/SISBDTT Haematology Outpatient Treatment Room for Inherited Blood Disorders inclusive of Sickle Cell Disease at the San Fernando General Hospital. (2020). 1stof its kind for patients of south Trinidad.

Issa has been inspired to serve the Inherited Blood Disorder Community by his mentor the late internationally renowned Consultant Haematologist Dr. Waveney Patricia Charles. Issa’s vision for the international sickle cell community is aligned with GASCDO’s vision and that is to ensure a reduction in the global incidence of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as well as to ensure that there is equitable access to optimal care and treatment by all persons living with SCD globally.