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Sickle-cell anaemia occurs when abnormal haemoglobin makes the red blood cells to become sickleshaped and burst at low oxygen levels.
As sickle-cell anaemia is inherited, it's important for potential carriers to seek genetic counselling before deciding to have a baby.
There are, however, no firm data on the survival of patients with sickle-cell anaemia on the African continent.
In sub-Saharan Africa mortality will be much higher, and in some areas estimates derived from the age structure of populations attending clinics suggest that half of those with sickle-cell anaemia had died by the age of five years usually from infections including malaria and pneumococcal sepsis, and from the anaemia itself.