The global burden of sickle cell disease (SCD) is now being increasingly realized. SCD poses a significant public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, some regions of India, the Caribbean, and Brazil. In many of these regions, progress in the management of SCD has been slow. Long-term North-South and South-South partnerships between SCD professionals, funding agencies, governments, and industry are needed to help reduce the high disease burden in developing countries, through widespread SCD education, relevant research and implementation of evidence-based cost-effective interventions. A group of SCD professionals have responded with action by forming a global network.
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