WBEZ | sickle cell anemia http://www.wbez.org/tags/sickle-cell-anemia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: couple fights sickle cell disease in Cameroon http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/global-activism-couple-fights-sickle-cell-disease-cameroon-94508 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/sickle2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A genetic condition, sickle cell disease disproportionately affects those of African descent. Here in the U.S., one out of 12 African-Americans has the sickle cell trait, and one out of 400 contracts the disease.</p><p>Dr. Michael Neba is executive director of the <a href="http://jkolkman.web.officelive.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">Father John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation</a>. In their native Cameroon, Michael and his wife Florence recently helped form the first ever international conference on sickle cell disease. It drew experts from diverse fields in North America, Europe and Africa.</p><p>The Nebas' objective is to raise awareness of sickle cell and its impact on society — and to disperse the myths that surround the disease. In Cameroon and many parts of Africa, sickle cell carries a deep stigma and is often associated with witchcraft.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>The series depends on listener recommendations. To </em><em>suggest a person or organization for the series, go to the </em>Global Activism<em> <a href="wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a> or email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a>. Make sure to put “</em>Global Activism<em>” in the subject line. </em><em>Also, don't forget to subscribe to the </em><em><a href="wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a></em><em>. </em></p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/global-activism-couple-fights-sickle-cell-disease-cameroon-94508