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MADAGASCAR – Improvement of care people suffering from sickle cell disease

Initially established in four urban areas, the program was extended to four additional towns in 2016. In particular, it was strengthened on the east coast of the island, where there is a higher occurrence of the disease. In partnership with the LCDM patients’ association and the HJRA university hospital, the project helped to create an early screening procedure. In each of the eight towns, a reference doctor, in association with the local patients’ association, is responsible for medical care and information. ″Available 24/7, they are very close to the families″, explains Monique Razafinimanana, the medical coordinator of LCDM. These doctors are aided by regular support missions and training.

In parallel, an information campaign in schools, the media and among the general public regularly helped to recall the key messages about sickle-cell disease: method of transmission, the importance of knowing your status and how to live with sickle-cell disease.

2017 results :

  • 8,700 people screened.
  • 1,700 people treated.
  • 9,300 people informed.
  • 110 healthcare professionals trained.