“Challenges faced by Sickle Cell patients is numerous in different dimensions. About 10% of patients have the Leg Ulcer challenge. Illustrated here are some Leg Ulcers as seen by our surgeons, nurses and SCHAF members for treatment. Some ulcers were as old as 19 years with intermittent healing and breaking. We had a 3 month session in 2016, and a 12 month session treating some others in 2019. These weekly Compression Therapy Treatment proved quite expensive for SCHAF and is quite different from the routine bandaging in most hospitals and clinics in Nigeria. A success rate of about 50% was achieved due to various challenges faced by these affected individuals. See the before / after in some cases. Some were recommended to withdraw from treatment to seek skin grafting options but they could not afford to do so and the wounds regressed.
Within the period of 3 years, SCHAF had 3 nurses trained by our surgeons to give the care. It is hoped that in the coming year, SCHAF will train more Nurses and empower them to handle this treatment of Leg Ulcers in the different hospitals where these affected patients are referred for care. SCHAF plans to establish a training course for these nurses on this relatively new technique in Nigeria, and empower them to handle this all important challenge. The patients face excruciating pain, physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and economic, consequences. It is hoped that SCHAF will source partnership with other organisations to face the difficult aspect of skin grafting in these affected individuals, This should serve as a project with a measurable outcome. Two Journal articles have so far been published from this initial Project.
Anybody can help to alleviate the suffering of these members of our community.