World Sickle Cell Day, 19th June (2)

20 June, 2020

Dear Neil and friends, what to say more on SCD? Together with cerebral palsy it represents the major cause of morbidity in poor countries, too many children are affected. We are used to reasoning in terms of mortality and not morbidity, however the sufference of a child affected by SCD is immense, the burden for a family is equally very high.

If I had the money I would try to establish a hospital where bone marrow transplantation is done, for free: indeed this is the radical treatment for SCD, done once for ever.

Money is the impediment, not science.

Greetings from Dodoma


HIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a long-standing Pediatrician working in Africa since 1982. He currently works on a volunteer basis in an excellent missionary/credited hospital in north Uganda, St. Mary's Hospital-Lacor-GULU. He has worked for several NGOs in 6 African/2 Asian countries. His interests include clinical and community pediatrics, adherence to clinical guidelines and school education as the major determinant of good health. massimoser20 AT