Specialists in hematology, blood banking, stem cell transplant, and pathology at Texas Children’s Hematology Center perform outreach services to help colleagues in developing countries to support the diagnosis and treatment of children with blood diseases. The outreach initiative is currently most active in Angola, Botswana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi. Additionally, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine directly employs expatriate general pediatricians and hematologists to work in developing countries.
More than 90% of children with serious blood disorders live in developing countries where resources for diagnosis and treatment are severely limited. As a result, most affected children die early, and usually without a diagnosis. For example, more than half of the 250,000 babies born every year with sickle cell disease in Africa do not live to see their fifth birthday. Aplastic anemia and hemophilia are other serious blood disorders that can have a devastating impact on the life expectancy of children who live in resource-limited countries.
As one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric blood disease programs in the United States, Texas Children’s Hematology Center collaborates with governments and private organizations to expand capacity for the diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases in developing countries.