World Hemophilia Day
World Hemophilia Day is observed globally on April 17 to raise awareness about hemophilia, a rare genetic blood disorder that inhibits the clotting of blood. Hemophilic individuals lack two crucial clotting factors, Factor VIII (8) or Factor IX (9), which can lead to significant bleeding during injuries and surgeries. Although minor wounds are usually not a concern, severe hemophilia can cause internal bleeding that can damage organs and even result in death.
Establishment of World Hemophilia Day
The first-ever World Hemophilia Day was established in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) to raise awareness about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. April 17 was chosen as the date in memory of Frank Schnabel, who was born on that day in 1942 and dedicated his life to improving the lives of people affected by bleeding disorders.
The Significance of World Hemophilia Day
Every year, World Hemophilia Day is observed to acknowledge volunteers who support the hemophilia community and raise awareness about the condition. The World Hemophilia Federation commemorates this day worldwide as a means of honoring these volunteers and spreading information about hemophilia.
Theme for World Hemophilia Day 2023
The theme for World Hemophilia Day 2023 is “Access for All: Prevention of Bleeds as the Global Standard of Care.” The objective of this theme is to urge local policymakers and governments to improve access to care for all individuals with bleeding disorders.
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