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This satellite symposium took place preceding the 56th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition on December 5, 2014, in San Francisco, CA.

This symposium provides an overview of the pervasive global burden of anemia in women and girls, highlighting etiologies such as iron deficiency, sickle cell disease, malaria, obstetric hemorrhage, and rare inherited coagulation disorders that are prevalent among specific communities. 

Six faculty from several disciplines will address the areas of prevention and treatment, including a review of current diagnostic tools and effective treatment strategies that are in use or under development. They will also describe the International networks available to capture information about these issues and to deliver appropriate healthcare to remote or underserved communities. Faculty, joined by a specialist in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Bleeding Disorders, then address issues and questions from a comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective.

This session was jointly provided by The Duke University School of Medicine and the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders. 

Learning Objectives and Goals:
At the concussion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify reasons for the increasing gender gap in anemia resolution, and the multiple factors that particularly contribute to anemia in women and children 
  • Apply the most promising strategies for the prevention and management of anemia and iron deficiency anemia among women and children 
  • Articulate the global impact of anemia in girls and women with SCD, particularly in low-income countries, and consider the specific issues and apply best practices concerning contraception and management of pregnancy 
  • Name barriers of hydroxyurea use in girls and women with SCD that might make management / treatment of such patients challenging and apply optimal local solutions 
  • Comprehend the global burden of malaria, especially in women of childbearing age, and why it is particularly devastating to pregnant women and neonates 
  • Evaluate current strategies to prevent malaria in pregnancy and distinguish between which strategies are most feasible given location and patient population
  • Describe the epidemiology of obstetric hemorrhage and related risk factors in low- and high-resource countries
  • Construct protocols for managing both anticipated and unanticipated cases of obstetric hemorrhage
  • Recognize very rare bleeding disorders that are “common” among specific ethnic groups and discuss the role that culture and marriage within closely related small populations may have in promulgating these bleeding disorders and /or others
  • Identify and access global databases and networks for information on inherited coagulation disorders

 Please Scroll Down to view each video in the presentation/program order:

Welcome / Introduction - Presented by Andra James, MD, MPH, and Barbara Alving, MD, MACP (Program Chair and Moderator)




Presentation #1: The Global Burden of Anemia
Faculty: Nicholas Kassebaum, MD
Seattle Children's Hospital
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Presentation #2: Sickle Cell Disease: Challenges of Disease Management
Faculty: Isaac Odame, MB, ChB, MRCP(UK), FRCPath, FRCPC
University of Toronto 
The Global Sickle Cell Disease Network
Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario

Presentation #3: The Global Challenge of Malaria Prevention During Pregnancy
Faculty: Richard Steketee, MD, MPH
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Presentation #4: Global Perspectives on Obstetric Hemorrhage Management
Faculty: Evelyn Lockhart, MD
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Presentation #5: Inherited Bleeding Disorders: A National and Global Public Health Challenge
Faculty: Suchitra Acharya, MD
Cohen's Medical Center of New York
Hofstra-Northshore Long Island Jewish School of Medicine
New York

International Exchange Forum and Closing Remarks (*Note: This is an audio file only, and there are no slides to preview.)
Moderator and Program Chairs: Andra James, MD, MPH and Barbara Alving, MD, MACP
Faculty: Nicholas Kassebaum, MD; Isaac Odame, MB, ChB, MRCP(UK), FRCPath, FRCPC; Richard Steketee, MD; Evelyn Lockhart, MD; and Suchitra Acharya, MD