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This review of hematology in Africa highlights areas of current practice and the immediate needs for development and clinical research. Acute hematological practice is dominated by anemia, sickle cell disease, and the need to provide a safe and rapidly available supply of blood. There is a growing need for specialist services for bleeding and coagulation, hematological malignancy, and palliative care. There are many areas of practice where straightforward measures could yield large gains in patient care. There is an urgent need for good clinical research to describe the epidemiology, natural history, and management of hematological diseases in Africa.

Original publication




Journal article


Hematol Oncol Clin North Am

Publication Date





457 - 475


Hematology, Iron deficiency anemia, Laboratory hematology, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Sickle cell disease, Sub-Saharan Africa, Transfusion, Africa, Cost of Illness, Delivery of Health Care, Disease Management, Female, Hematologic Diseases, Humans, Male, Practice Patterns, Physicians', Pregnancy