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 The Epidemiology in Cameroon

Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) common in people from sub Saharan Africa, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The population of Cameroon is around 17 million. Recent evidence from Cameroon suggests a carrier frequency of 20% and prevalence of about 20/1000 births from epidemiological reports. This translates to an estimated incidence of 7000 new babies, (ref. WHO 2007). 80% of these will die by their 5th birthday (refs. OILD Brazzaville 2006, Dakar 2007)

Public Health Burden in Cameroon

Given the prevalence of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and respiratory tract infections SCD has only recently become a priority for management in African countries. The population of Cameroon is around 17 million.  The causes of mortality and morbidity as above are coupled with a weak economy and government revenue as well as increased external debt. With a basic monthly salary of about 70 USD, malnutrition is significant. Many patients (for lack of funds) use traditional medicines to address problems ofSCD. In summary, patients with SCD in Cameroon are more susceptible to crises than those living in developed countries because of environmental (malnutrition, malaria, infections, economic) and genetic factors (Bantu heliotype).


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