Category: Thalassemia

Genetic epidemiology of beta-thalassemia in the Maldives: 23 years of a beta-thalassemia screening program

Abstract The Maldives is an archipelago of 407,660 people according to population census of 2014, made up of 20 atolls, which has one of the highest prevalence of β-thalassemia worldwide. However, there is a dearth of studies related to β-thalassemia in the Maldives; therefore, in this study, we aimed to investigate the genetic epidemiology of […]

Maldives World “hot spot” for Thalassemia

Maldives is a world ‘hot spot’ for thalassemia. The prevalence of b-thalassemia in the population of this country is 18.1%; 1 in 5 people are carriers of the disease and 1 in 120 live births are estimated to be thalassemia majors. Currently, there are more than 700 thalassemia major patients who require regular blood transfusions, […]

Importance of transfusion medicine in Maldives

Over the past many years I have been impressed by the prevalence of blood dyscrasias In Maldives. Reduced levels of hemoglobin are common among all the Maldivians and the consequences thereof seem to be a household story. Then there are various blood cancers, many bleeding disorders and such prevalent hereditary disorders as thalassaemias, sickle cell […]