Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that affect haemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen through the body. Normally, red blood cells are disc-shaped and flexible enough to move easily through the blood vessels. In sickle cell disease, red blood cells become crescent- or “sickle”-shaped due to a genetic mutation. These sickled red blood cells do not bend or move easily and can block blood flow to the rest of the body.
WHAT DOES SICKLE CELL DISEASE ENTAIL?
Sickle cell disease is a lifelong illness. A bone marrow transplant is currently the only cure for sickle cell disease. Gene therapy is also being explored as another potential cure, but there are other effective treatments that can reduce symptoms and prolong life. If you have sickle cell disease, your healthcare team will work with you on a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and manage the condition. The blocked blood flow through the body can lead to serious problems, including stroke, eye problems, infections, and episodes of pain called pain crises.
There have been a reduction in the morbidity and mortality rate of patients with sickle cell in most advanced countries in the Europe and third world countries in the world, this is due to the advancement in healthcare and bone marrow transplant .of course we can observe the same results in Africa if the rates of these medical advancements are advocated for in the rural areas in Africa
HOW CAN WE HELP?
PRESENTATION & COMMISSIONING OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DONATED TO SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION OF NIGERIA (SCFN, LAGOS) BY THE AZEEZAT OLAJUMOKE GBENRO FOUNDATION (AOGF)
Reducing the burden of sickle cell disease in Nigeria requires a comprehensive approach that includes education, healthcare infrastructure development, research, and policy changes. Collaboration between government agencies, healthcare providers, non-governmental organizations, and the community is essential to trickle down progress in these areas.