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There's no cure for sickle cell disease, but spotting it early can improve treatment

By Yvonne Dei-Adomakoh, Senior lecturer in Haematology, University of Ghana
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Most of the global cases of sickle cell disease are diagnosed in African countries. The Economist Intelligence Unit – the research and analysis division of the Economist media group – estimated that in 2020 the total annual cost of treatment and impact on the economy of sickle cell disease across sub-Saharan Africa was US$9.1 billion. This was expected to rise to US$10.2 billion by 2030. The Conversation Africa’s Ina Skosana spoke…The Conversation


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