Ghana | SILENT REALITY: The truths and tales of sickle cell

By Selase Kove-Seyram

Using the real life experiences of 30-year old Fauzia Ibrahim, this documentary investigates a traditional “treatment” of sickle cell disease which involves cutting several openings into the skin with knives to introduce boiled herbs directly into the blood stream.

Administered to children without any anesthesia, it results in permanent scarring and children missing weeks of school. WHO projects that as many as 30 percent of Ghanaians are carriers of the sickle cell trait in a country where there is only one doctor per 17,700 people.

The documentary - filmed in parts of Ghana and Nigeria - explores the myths and realities of sickle cell disease in parts of West Africa, using public documents, research data, interviews with experts and the real life experiences of some sickle cell patients.
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CHAPTER 1: THE LAST RESOURCE, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO | DISEASE AND REPETITIVE ABORTIONS

CHAPTER 2: THE LAST RESOURCE, KENYA | Fighting for daily life

CHAPTER 3: THE LAST RESOURCE, LIBERIA |Surviving amid predators and hunger

CHAPTER 4: THE LAST RESOURCE, MALI | Exposed to evil

CHAPTER 6: THE LAST RESOURCE, SOUTH AFRICA | Apartheid and the useless men in our lives

CHAPTER 7: THE LAST RESOURCE, UGANDA | A very public secret

CHAPTER 8: THE LAST RESOURCE, ZIMBABWE | After dark

CONCLUSION