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Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria
Bringing hope to the African child

Sickle cell disorder is by far the commonest inherited disorder in the world and three quarters of cases occur in Africa. In Nigeria, where it affects two out of every hundred children born, it causes suffering for innumerable patients and their families. However, despite its importance, until now there has been no dedicated sickle cell center in Africa. This is partly because the very scale of the problem makes it difficult to see how to start.

Sickle cell disorder is an inherited haemoglobin disorder comprising sickle cell anaemia (Hb SS) and some less prevalent but related conditions such as sickle haemoglobin C disorder (Hb SC) and sickle beta thalassaemia (Hb SBthal). The genes for these conditions arose by mutation but proliferated in areas where there is or there was a high incidence of falciparium malaria, the most lethal strain of malaria known to man.

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You can register as a Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria volunteer so you too can bring hope to the African child. Join our community of volunteers who make it possible for us to deliver the services we do.

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Handbook on Management of Sickle Cell Disorder

Sickle cell disorder (SCD) is the commonest inherited disorder in tropical Africa and, Nigeria–the most populous African country–contributes about half of the estimated 300,000 newborns with SCD annually.

SCD occurs when an individual inherits the variant sickle haemoglobin (Hb S) from one parent and another variant Hb from the other parent. The latter variant Hb may also be an Hb S or may be a different variant Hb such as Hb C, Hb O-Arab, or reduced or absent production of the β-haemoglobin chain, etc. 

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Latest News & Events

June 1, 2016

2016 WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY – Upcoming Events

Nigeria will join the global community to commemorate World Sickle Cell Day on June 19th – as designated by the United Nations; this is a day set […]
April 21, 2016

Leg ulcer in Sickle Cell Disorder

LEG ULCER IN SICKLE CELL DISORDER   Leg ulcers are one of the most debilitating and stigmatizing complications of sickle cell disorder occurring in one ankle […]
March 23, 2016

Art Therapy for Chronic Illness

Art Therapy for Chronic Illness Sickle Cell Disorder is a chronic illness. When a person is diagnosed with illness, the health worker’s first instinct is to […]
December 11, 2015


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