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Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a largely neglected risk to child survival in most Sub Saharan African countries. SCD is an inherited form of anemia – a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body.  Normally, red blood cells are flexible and round, moving easily through blood vessels. In SCD, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are crescent shaped. These irregularly shaped cells get stuck in small blood vessels and can block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body.

The probability of early death among children born with SCD in sub-Saharan Africa might be as high as 90% in rural areas where access to health care is limited, but closer to 50% in populations with better access to health care and lower exposure to infectious diseases.

Public health education, newborn screening, data collection and health intervention research is urgently needed. We have compiled curricula on ways to stay healthy and strong to share with those affected by Sickle Cell Anemia.  Basic public health measures-including improved nutrition and interventions against malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea-reduce the burden of  mortality attributable to SCD.

If you are a Public Health, Global Health, or Medical student, internships are available.

Sickle-Cell Anemia 

Sickle Cell and Maternal Mortality

Belly Breathing

Aerobic Exercises

Strength and Breathing

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Stretching

Sickle Cell Anemia Folate Nutrition