Sickle cell and thalassaemia: global public health issues come of age.

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Show simple item record Dyson, Simon Atkin, Karl 2011-08-23T09:20:04Z 2011-08-23T09:20:04Z 2011-08
dc.identifier.citation Dyson, S.M. and Atkin, K. (2011) Sickle cell and thalassaemia: global public health issues come of age. Ethnicity and Health, 16 (4-5) pp. 299-311. en
dc.identifier.issn 1355-7858
dc.description Editorial for a special themed edition of the international journal ETHNICITY & HEALTH on sickle cell and thalassaemia en
dc.description.abstract It is with great pleasure that, as guest and current editor respectively, we introduce Ethnicity and Health’s collection on the haemoglobin disorders sickle cell and thalassaemia. Sickle cell and thalassaemia are among the world’s leading genetic conditions with over five per cent of the world’s population carrying clinically significant haemoglobin gene variants (Modell and Darlison, 2008). In the UK, from where we write, services have been slow to recognize that sickle cell is now its most common genetic condition. Indeed in multi-ethnic countries of the North provision of health and social services for people living with sickle cell or thalassaemia have been marginalized (Anionwu and Atkin, 2001). In the US, authors such as Tapper (1999) and Wailoo (2001) have shown that the processes by which sickle cell has acquired its connotation as a “Black” disorder are above all social processes. Meanwhile up to 400,000 babies are born worldwide each year with sickle cell/thalassaemia and many die before their fifth birthday; just one of several indicators that mark sickle cell and thalassaemia out as a global public health issues (Weatherall and Clegg, 2001). en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject sickle cell en
dc.subject thalassaemia en
dc.subject public health en
dc.subject genetics en
dc.subject global health en
dc.subject sociology of health en
dc.title Sickle cell and thalassaemia: global public health issues come of age. en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Unit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en

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