Haemophilia is one of the rare conditions in which blood cannot clot properly due to the fact that it lacks satisfactory proteins of blood-clotting.
Haemophilia was first acknowledged in the 10th century when doctors discovered people, particularly men, who suffered profuse bleeding just after some minor cuts and injuries. Major breakthrough couldn’t be done at that time about this illness due to limitations of technology.
In 1803 for the first time, Dr. John Conrad, a physician from Philadelphia investigated people with haemophilia. He called them bleeders and discovered that the condition is passed on to boys from mothers at birth
In 1937, Argentinian Dr. Alfredo Pavlovsky identified two kinds of haemophilia — A and B
In 1989, the World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) established April 17 as World Haemophilia Day
If you are suffering from Haemophilia, you can share your story on how this disease has been impacting you on social media to aware people of the condition. Also, you can read accounts of other people
You can contribute money for the research of this ailment
To celebrate patients living with a bleeding disease and to promote awareness about World Haemophilia Day, you can turn on a red light in your house or business establishment.
– Haemophilia is a genetic condition that is inherited by a child from his/her mother
– Haemophilia C is known as a less dangerous form of the disease as compared to haemophilia A and haemophilia B. Patients of haemophilia C do not require regular clotting factor
– Haemophilia mostly affects men because it gets genetically passed down by pregnant mothers to their newly born male child.
– Haemophilia can be diagnosed through blood tests such as clotting factor tests or factor assays.
– Haemophilia A is the most common and frequent kind of the disease that affects one in 5000 men.
World Haemophilia Day is important because:
– World Haemophilia Day helps in raising funds for doing research on this condition so that more work could be done on managing the disease better
– It creates awareness about the condition. Haemophilia is a serious and uncommon condition that many people are not aware of. Having no knowledge about this severe illness may cause delayed diagnosis, which in turn may increase the number of people dying because of the disease
– The day is used to show support to people who are affected by the disease or who are living with this condition
– This Day also enables the rest of the world to show support to such affected people