World Hemophilia Day 2023:
World Hemophilia Day was recently observed to raise awareness about the rare blood disorder and help those suffering from it lead a better life.
- Hemophilia Day was first commemorated by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) in 1989 in remembrance of Frank Schnabel, who was born on April 17, 1942, and spent his entire life working to make the lives of those who were affected by Hemophilia.
- The theme for World Hemophilia Day 2023 is “Access for All: Prevention of Bleeds as the Global Standard of Care”.
- Hemophilia is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to form blood clots.
- People with hemophilia have deficiencies or abnormalities in certain clotting factors, which are proteins that help the blood clot.
- It is caused by a mutation or change, in one of the genes, that provides instructions for making the clotting factor proteins needed to form a blood clot.
- Symptoms: Signs and symptoms of hemophilia vary, depending on the level of clotting factors.
- Males are much more likely to have hemophilia than are females.