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Thank you for visiting this page in memory of Dr. Bakhita AttaAlla. Dr. Bakhita AttaAlla left us on August 21, 2015, she was a kind and pure-hearted woman who devoted her life to helping Children in Sudan. Her departure was a shock for her family, all her patients and their families, as well as her students.
Sickle cell Anaemia Sickle cell disease (SCD), or sickle cell anaemia, is a major genetic disease that affects most countries in the African Region. Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to become shaped like crescent moons, as opposed to round. Round red blood cells can move easily through the blood vessels but sickled shaped cells interconnect and can result in blood clots. These blood clots can cause extreme pain in the back, chest, hands and feet. The disrupted blood flow can also cause damage to bones, muscles and organs. People with sickle cell disease often feel weak, tired and look pale. The whites of the eyes and skin often have a yellowish tint. Environmental factors often play a role in the occurrence of painful attacks. Common triggers include cold temperatures, dehydration, excessive amounts of exercise and tobacco smoke. Other triggers such as plane flights and high altitudes can also trigger an attack.
Early studies in the Sudan concluded that sickle cell disorders are a major health problem in certain parts of the country particularly the western region. This clinic was established in 1996 at Khartoum children emergency hospital by Dr. Bakhita AttaAlla who is a paediatrician concerned about sickle cell disorder. It is a one day referral clinic, for diagnosis, treatment, follow ups and counselling. At Bakhita's clinic, approximately, 50 patients are seen weekly in a follow up every 1-2 months and around 600 patients are regularly followed. It has been estimated more than 1000 patients are registered in the clinic. A statistical report in 2014 shows that 1518 patients have been seen at the clinic. By August 2015 the number increased to 1809 patients.
Since Dr. Bakhita’s tragic passing, the clinic has had to halt it’s services due to lack of funds to pay for medicine, equipment and staff. We have started this page in order to raise awareness as well as money to help us reopen the clinic and continue her work of changing and bettering the lives of Sudanese people with sickle cell who cannot afford it’s treatment. We hope that you can dig into your pockets to support a charitable effort, no matter how small or big your donation is! We ask for you to share this link on your social media profiles, and with friends and family.
Thank you all in advance
Dr. Afraa Salaheldin and Amna Zuzanna Hussein
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