Although the rate of sickle cell anemia (SCA) at birth is high in Tanzania, there is little information on either the severity of its associated complications or options for treatment, particularly in regions where the condition is most common. In this study, the authors surveyed the spectrum of clinical afflictions associated with SCA in children at a regional medical center, as well as the interventions provided to them. They discovered that children are diagnosed late, frequently suffer severe complications, and rarely receive appropriate interventions. The findings highlight the need to improve care by expanding access to screening and enhancing coordination.
Hematology, May 2016