Forbes June 19, 2024
Andrew Wight

On World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, a hematologist in Brazil is continuing her work to try to get better sickle cell disease treatments in her home country.

Over 4 million people have sickle cell disease worldwide, with about 80% of sickle cell disease cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ana Cristina Silva-Pinto, a hematologist with a PhD in sickle cell disease at the University of São Paulo in Brazil explains that until very recently, few treatment options were available in Brazil, with current treatments including hidroxiurea, blood transfusions and bone marrow transplantation.

“We will need more budget from the ministry of Health to implement new medications, since Brazil has a strong public health system and today all patients with SCD receive...

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