Every year on April 17, hemophilia day is celebrated to increase awareness about Hemophilia and other bleeding disorder. Hemophilia is an inherited genetic disorder that weakens the ability of the body to clot blood. The deficiency of a clotting protein in the blood leads to hemophilia.
The disorder causes bleeding in the body and the blood of the pool in various parts of the body. According to a website, 75 percent suffering from the disorder not receive proper medical treatment. Over 4 lakh people are suffering from the disease.
This year the theme of World Hemophilia Day is Reaching Out: The first step to care. This year it will be the 30th world hemophilia day that is marked in honor of World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday. The WFH was established in 1963 and has its headquarters in Montreal, Canada. It has official recognition from the World Health Organization.
Let’s learn more about the history and significance of World Hemophilia Day.
What is Hemophilia?
Hemophilia occurs when a person doesn’t bleed normally and it happens due to the lack of a clotting protein in the blood. People with the condition bleed for longer than a usual person after an injury. Sometimes bleeding also happens inside joints or the brain. When the blood bleeds inside a joint, it can result in permanent damage while when it bleeds inside the brain, it can result in long term headaches.
Types of Hemophilia
There are three types of Haemophilia
- Hemophilia A: This is the most common type of hemophilia. One in 5,000 male is born with this type.
- Hemophilia B: This second most common type of hemophilia. One in 25,000 male births is born with this type.
- Hemophilia C: it is also known as Rosenthal syndrome is very rare and different from Haemophilia A and B. However, it is also caused due to the low level of blood protein in the body required to make a blood clot.
This day is celebrated to raise concern over the bleeding disorder and people Show their support on this day by wearing red, creating dialogues or quotes around the disease and sharing posts related to this disease on social media to reach out to a maximum of people.