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RMJ. 2003; 28(2): 38-39

Govt.-NGO partnership for handling thalassemia / hemophilia disease burden

Muhammad Ashraf Majrooh.

Thalassemia and Hemophilia both are genetically transmitted lifetime crippling disorders. Both disorders require frequent repeated blood transfusions and lead to premature deaths and disabilities due to the complications of disease and risks of repeated transfusions. Both types of disorders share common strategies regarding prenatal postnatal diagnosis, blood and blood product transfusion services, carrier detection, genetic counseling, health education and social support (1). Both thalassemia and hemophilia require multidisciplinary interventions and a very well coordinated referral system for management of these diseases (2). Thalassemia is the most common inherited disorder in Pakistan and there are inadequate treatment facilities for over 4000 homozygotes born each year. The estimated carrier status is about 7% and the estimated numbers of patients in Pakistan are 14000, 50% of them reside in Punjab.

Key words: Thallasemia, hemophilia, NGO

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