World Hemophilia Day is an international observance celebrated annually on April 17 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). The Day is celebrated to spread awareness of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, which also serves to raise funds and attract more volunteers for the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). The WFH is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with hemophilia and other related genetic bleeding disorders. It educates the hemophiliacs and lobbies for improved medical treatment. Nearly 75% of people in the world are with bleeding disorders, and they do not know about it and do not receive any care. Hence this day is a perfect day to spread awareness among the people about Hemophilia disorders and other related genetic disorders.
History of World Hemophilia Day
World Hemophilia Day was started in 1989, and April 17 was chosen to honor the birthday of Frank Schnabel, the founder of WFH in 1963. Haemophilia is a group of genetic disorders which impair the human’s ability to control the clotting of blood, which is used to stop bleeding when the blood vessels are broken. The most common form of the disorder is Hemophilia A and is present in 1 in 5000-1000 male births and Hemophilia B occurs in 1 in 20000-35000 male births. Frank Schnabel established the World Federation of Hemophilia in 1963, and its headquarters is in Montreal, Canada. WFH has member organizations in 113 countries, and the current president for WFH is Alain Weill.
Themes of World Hemophilia Day
- 2007 – Improve your life.
- 2008 – Count me In.
- 2009 – Together, We Care.
- 2010 – The Many faces of bleeding disorders – United to achieve Treatment for all.
- 2016 – Treatment for all, The Vision of all.
- 2017 – Hear their voices.
- 2018 – Sharing Knowledge Make us Stronger.
- 2019 – OUTREACH & IDENTIFICATION.
- 2020 – Get+involved
- 2021 – Adapting to Change
- 2022 – Access for All
- 2023 – Access for All: Prevention of bleeds as the global standard of care.
Other Celebrations on April 17
April 17 is also celebrated as
- National Bat Appreciation Day
- International Haiku Poetry Day
- National Mustang Day
- National Cheeseball Day
- Nothing Like A Dame Day
- Blah Blah Blah Day
- Drum & Bass Day
How to celebrate the day
Celebrating World Hemophilia Day is quite easy and very simple to remember. Just gather your family members and friends to hold some events to spread awareness to the people about Hemophilia disorders and their related genetic disorders. You can use #WorldHemophiliaDay to spread awareness on social media.
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