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Hemoglobin Disorders in Europe: A Systematic Effort of Identifying and Addressing Unmet Needs and Challenges by the Thalassemia International Federation

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Executive Director, Thalassemia International Federation; 31, Ifigenias Street, 2007 Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
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National and Kapodistrian, University of Athens Medical School and Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Thalass. Rep. 2021, 11(1), 9803; https://doi.org/10.4081/thal.2021.9803
Submission received: 9 April 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 10 April 2021 / Published: 17 June 2021

Abstract

Hemoglobin disorders (thalassemia and sickle cell disease) are a group of hereditary anemias that today occur across the world. The recent population movement has led to a steady increase of carriers and patients in all countries of the European Union. Requiring complex monitoring and treatment and, as a consequence, well-organized and nationally coordinated, supported and funded services, these lifelong conditions are now visible to healthcare services in the EU. The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of the current situation pertaining to these disorders, as perceived by the patient/parent community that the Thalassemia International Federation (TIF) represents. The aim is to establish a comprehensive understanding of the situation and unmet needs faced by migrants with thalassemia. The implementation of activities by TIF in 2018–2020 to identify and address these challenges, paves the way to increased awareness, education and policy changes building on international expertise and knowledge that will enable the provision of state-of-art clinical management services thus guaranteeing an improved quality of life. A bird’s eye view of the prevalence of these disorders is presented contributing to the further understanding of challenges met by both patients and healthcare professionals in the receipt and provision of quality healthcare respectively.
Keywords: thalassemia; sickle cell disease; hemoglobin disorders; prevalence; migration; Europe thalassemia; sickle cell disease; hemoglobin disorders; prevalence; migration; Europe

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Angastiniotis, M.; Cannon, L.; Antoniou, E.; Brunetta, A.L.; Constantinou, G.; Knoll, E.M.; Loukopoulos, D.; Skafi, A.; Eleftheriou, A. Hemoglobin Disorders in Europe: A Systematic Effort of Identifying and Addressing Unmet Needs and Challenges by the Thalassemia International Federation. Thalass. Rep. 2021, 11, 9803. https://doi.org/10.4081/thal.2021.9803

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Angastiniotis M, Cannon L, Antoniou E, Brunetta AL, Constantinou G, Knoll EM, Loukopoulos D, Skafi A, Eleftheriou A. Hemoglobin Disorders in Europe: A Systematic Effort of Identifying and Addressing Unmet Needs and Challenges by the Thalassemia International Federation. Thalassemia Reports. 2021; 11(1):9803. https://doi.org/10.4081/thal.2021.9803

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Angastiniotis, Michael, Lily Cannon, Eleni Antoniou, Angelo Loris Brunetta, George Constantinou, Eva Maria Knoll, Dimitris Loukopoulos, Anton Skafi, and Androulla Eleftheriou. 2021. "Hemoglobin Disorders in Europe: A Systematic Effort of Identifying and Addressing Unmet Needs and Challenges by the Thalassemia International Federation" Thalassemia Reports 11, no. 1: 9803. https://doi.org/10.4081/thal.2021.9803

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