Nigeria once again joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Sickle Cell Day on June 19th 2015. In commemorating the day this year, the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN) has selected the theme “SICKLE CELL DISORDER: LIFE-SAVING MEASURES” – drawing attention to Sickle Cell Disorders (SCD) and to life-saving services available to affected persons. Most of these services are offered by the foundation at the National Sickle Cell Centre. continue reading →
What, Where and When
This is a test that can be done on the baby before it is born to see whether it is affected by a particular disease or not. If it is affected, the couple may decide to terminate the pregnancy and try again for an unaffected child or may choose to continue with the pregnancy and prepare their minds for its birth. If the baby is not affected, then the pregnancy can continue normally.
Remember that, for most couples at risk for sickle cell anaemia (e.g. AS x AS) there is a 3 out of 4 chance of a healthy child in each pregnancy continue normally after the test. continue reading →