At least 10,000 children are born with sickle disease every year in Angola. The information was released Thursday in Luanda by the national director for public health, Miguel de Oliveira. According to the official, sickle cell disease causes pain, suffering, reduces life expectancy and causes a great impact on the families, society and economy. The official was speaking at the opening of the “Angola-Brazil seminar on attention to people with sickle anaemia”. He on the occasion stressed that the prevalence of the disease in the country is still to be determined with precision, but it is believed to affect a larger number of people. Miguel de Oliveira said early diagnose and proper care are crucial to reduce morbidity, death and secure better living of the  sick. According to him, the disease requires the involvement of the family, community and professionals in various health specialties to lessen the complications. The official stated that the “Sickle Cell Anaemia Initiative”, which is a pilot project designed to produce methodologies and contribute to reduce morbidity and mortality, was launched in 2011, with the help of the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine.

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