Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inheritable and incurable condition of the red blood cells with often far-reaching consequences. True to a pledge made at the end of 2014 to reposition sickle cell awareness in Africa and worldwide, the publishers of African Sickle Cell News & World Report have now made available for free digital copies of the latest and some past editions of the magazine.

Highlights of the January-March 2015 edition include a statement by Dr Khaliru Alhassan, Nigeria’s Supervisory Minister of Health, that SCD affects some 100 million people globally, articles and interviews on an encouraging new treatment for Priapism, a sickle cell complication that affects only males, and downloads of SCD information in Nigeria’s three main languages (Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba).

Other highlights include that of a 67 year old with SCD who has never received blood transfusion as well as a report on the high incidence of SCD in Niger Republic. Although the United Nations in 2008 described SCD as a ‘global public health priority’ and declared a World Sickle Cell Day (June 19 of every year), ignorance of the 100% preventable blood disorder is rife. It is estimated that 3 to 5 million Nigerians have full-blown SCD while over 40 million have the sickle cell trait.

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