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Title: Sickle Cell Disease: Management Options and Challenges in Developing Countries
Authors: Ansong, Daniel
Osei-Akoto, Alex
Ocloo, Delaena
Ohene-Frempong, Kwaku
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Abstract: Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most common genetic disorder of haemoglobin in sub-Saharan Africa. This commentary focuses on the management options available and the challenges that health care professionals in developing countries face in caring for patients with SCD. In a developing countries like Ghana, new-born screening is now about to be implemented on a national scale. Common and important morbidities associated with SCD are vaso-occlusive episodes, infections, Acute Chest Syndrome (ACS), Stroke and hip necrosis. Approaches to the management of these morbidities are far advanced in the developed countries. The differences in setting and resource limitations in developing countries bring challenges that have a major influence in management options in developing countries. Obviously clinicians in developing countries face challenges in managing SCD patients. However understanding the disease, its progression, and instituting the appropriate preventive methods are paramount in its management. Emphasis should be placed on early counselling, new-born screening, anti-microbial prophylaxis, vaccination against infections, and training of healthcare workers, patients and caregivers. These interventions are affordable in developing countries.
Description: This article is published in Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases and also available at DOI: 10.4084/MJHID.2013.062
URI: 10.4084/MJHID.2013.062
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