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World Hemophilia Day 2018: Heritage monuments light up red to mark importance of the day


Image credit: Twitter Qutub Minar lit up red for World Hemophilia Day

April 17 is marked and observed as World Haemophilia Day every year to create awareness about the disease. The organization had started up #lightupred campaign, inviting various monuments across the world to change their lights to red to be a part and support the cause.


Image credit: Twitter Niagara Falls lit up red in the United States

World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and chose 17 April every year to be celebrated in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabelís birthday.

Image credit: TwitterHeritage monument in Sofia, Bulgaria

Hemophilia a bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly. This can lead to spontaneous bleeding, as well as bleeding following injuries or surgery.

Image credit: TwitterAdministration building for the Panama Canal in Panama

Blood contains many proteins called clotting factors that can help to stop bleeding. People with hemophilia have low levels these factors. The severity of hemophilia that a person has is determined by the amount of factor in the blood.

Image credit: TwitterLa Cibeles statue lit up red in Madrid, Spain

To ensure all members of the bleeding disorder community have access to important clinical and patient-focused information, the WFH developed the WFH eLearning Platform.

Image credit: TwitterThe Orlando eye in Orlando, USA

World Hemophilia Day 2018 activities include a global campaign to light up landmarks around the world in red as has been done so successfully in the past.

Image credit: TwitterHemophilia Centre of Asia University in Taiwang

Members of the community, partners and national member organizations have come together so that local landmarks will "Light up red" on April 17.

Image credit: TwitterTheatre Square in Martin Slovak Republic

Also, many people will light a red light in their home or office in an individual effort to raise awareness in their immediate vicinity.

Image credit: TwitterBoston South Station, USA

There is currently no cure for hemophilia, but there are treatment options available. Approximately 75 per cent of people with hemophilia around the world still receive inadequate treatment or have no access to treatment.

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