Sickle cell papers freely available until 01 July

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) recognised sickle-cell disease as a worldwide public health issue in 2006 and a resolution on the prevention and management of birth defects, including those resulting from sickle-cell disease, was adopted a couple of years later at the 63rd World Health Assembly, a public health agenda to prevent and control this disease is still lacking in most countries of high prevalence.

As recently highlighted for infectious diseases such as Ebola and HIV, there is an urgent need for better healthcare systems in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. While events and celebrations organised for the World Sickle Cell Day on 19 June will hopefully contribute to raise awareness about this disease, such overall improvements in public health access and care are a prerequisite to improve the survival and quality of life of patients with sickle-cell disease in tropical regions.

To support World Sickle Cell Day, RSTMH is making five papers from Transactions and International Health freely available until 01 July 2015:

Quick links to the papers

Sickle-cell disease: a call to action - an editorial by Frédéric B. Piel and David J. Weatherall, Transactions June 2015

Current sickle cell disease management practices in Nigeria - an original article by N. Galadanci, B. J. Wudil, T. M. Balogun, et al, International Health March 2014

Addressing the global health burden of sickle cell disease - a commentary by Peter J. Carey, International Health December 2014

Retinal changes in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease attending a paediatric hospital in Cairo, Egypt: risk factors and relation to ophthalmic and cerebral blood flow - an original article by Azza A. G. Tantawy, Nevine G. Andrawes, Amira A.M. Adle, et al, Transactions April 2013

Prevalence of classic erythrocyte polymorphisms among 749 children in southern highland Rwanda - an original article by Jean-Bosco Gahutu, André Musemakweri, Gundel Harms and Frank P. Mockenhaupt, Transactions January 2012

Although much work still requires to be done towards the prevention and management of sickle-cell disease, there have been genuine improvements in the management of sickle-cell disease and it is critical that these approaches become available to the low- and middle-income countries.

Call for papers

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and International Health are currently inviting submissions of original research papers and systematic reviews in sickle cell disease, thalassemia and other blood disorders.

We publish high quality articles with the aim of supporting the wider tropical medicine and global health community and future generations of academics, clinicians and scientists. We work hard to support our authors who trust us with their work. Here are just some of the benefits we offer:

  • An average time to first decision of less than four weeks
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  • Advance online publication
  • Full PubMed/Medline indexing for all articles
  • A number of Open Access publishing options
  • Support for research from low and middle income countries
  • Global dissemination of  your research
  • Promotion of your paper once published
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