Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease is very prevalent in Sub Saharan Africa, especially in Nigeria. It seems to cluster in areas where malaria is endemic. While premarital counseling has the potential to decrease the prevalence of sickle cell disease, this service is not widely available. Hence, Sickle cell disease remains a significant health concern in Nigeria.

In the last decade we have witnessed improvement in the approach to management of sickle cell disease due to the effectiveness of hydroxyurea and other supportive measures in reducing the frequency of pain crisis associated with the disease.

While effective, the medications are expensive and not widely available to those likely to benefit from its use. Therefore, sickle cell disease remains a major problem affecting many Nigerians with the potential for increased morbidity and shortened life expectancy.

HLF is positioned to foster research in Sickle Cell Disease through collaboration, and strategic partnerships with support groups and organizations such as Sickle Cell Foundation of Nigeria to assist patients and relatives in dealing with this prevalent disease amongst us.”.

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