This week, two new publications call attention to the barriers to care children with SCD face. Prioritizing Sickle Cell Disease, an article co-authored by SCDAA Chief Medical Officer Lewis Hsu for the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a call to action within the medical community to work together to maximize available screenings and treatments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newly released Vital Signs publication, Preventing Sickle Cell Anemia Complications in Children, reports fewer than 50% of children 2-16 years old received the recommended screening for stroke in 2019. Both publications identify racism and discrimination as barriers to quality care and potentially lifesaving preventative measures for children with SCD.
Click here to read Prioritizing Sickle Cell Disease.
Click here to read Preventing Sickle Cell Anemia Complications in Children.