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IthaMaps is a global epidemiology database of heamoglobinopathies, illustrating published data on a dynamic global to regional map. Country-specific information on haemoglobinopathy-related policies, prevalence, incidence and overall disease burden is given, including relative allele frequencies of specific globin mutations in each country and/or region, dynamically linked to corresponding IthaGenes entries.

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  General information for Cameroon

Continent: Africa
Capital: Yaoundé
Population: 19294149
Area (in sq km): 475440.0

Haemoglobinopathy-specific healthcare policy information for Cameroon

Healthcare policyComment/InfoReference
Prevention programme: NoPilot pediatric-based carrier screening programme started in 2015. From: www.fondationpierrefabre.org
SCD newborn screening: Yes (National)Pilot centres in Yaounde and Douala.
Prenatal screening: Yes (National)Since Aug. 2007. Service offered in Yaoundé with outreach consultations.[PMID: 21473937]
Rare disease patient registry: Nohttp://africa-rare.org/
Dedicated treatment centres: NoThere is a specialized free-of-charge comprehensive clinic for SCD in Cape Town.[PMID: 24754796]
Patient associations: Yes (National)Cameroonian Society of Human Genetics
Genetic counselling: Yes (Regional)E.g. Medical genetic service for PND north to Yaoundé.[PMID: 22028242]

  Prevalence and incidence of major haemoglobinopathies in Cameroon

Prevalence of β-thalassaemia carriers: 1 % of the population<1-2%; Source: ISBN 9780470994238
Prevalence of sickle cell disease carriers: 21.8 % of the populationDifferent studies report a prevalence in the range of 8-34%.[PMID: 26633548]
Incidence of sickle cell disease: 6915 affected births/yearMedian value estimated using statistical model and demographic data.[PMID: 23103089]

Mutation frequencies in Cameroon

No mutation frequencies are currently available for Cameroon

  Organisations in Cameroon

Organisations in Cameroon are currently not available


1Elion, Jacques2017-10-17Information on SCD newborn screening reviewed.

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