Sickle cell disease: Africa’s most prevalent ‘invisible condition’
Eight years ago, Arafa Salim thought she was on the verge of death. “The doctors who were treating me didn’t know how to deal with it, my bone marrow couldn’t produce blood. I needed a lot of transfusions to save my life,” she said.
Salim, who has sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder that can result in severe anaemia, had survived a real scare.
Her story is not uncommon. More than 10,000 children with sickle cell disease die each year before they reach their fifth birthday, in Tanza