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WORLD HEMOPHILIA DAY: 17 APRIL

WORLD HEMOPHILIA DAY: 17 APRIL

Context

April 17 is observed as World Hemophilia Day.

Details

  • It is an international awareness day for hemophilia (also spelled as haemophilia) and other bleeding disorders and also marks the birth anniversary of Frank Schnabel, the founder of the World Federation of Hemophilia
  • The theme of World Haemophilia Day 2021 is  “Adapting to change: sustaining care in a new world".
  • Haemophilia is an inherited blood disorder disease in which blood does not clot properly.
  • It is caused due to defects in the blood vessels, the coagulation mechanism, or the blood platelets and by a deficiency in a gene that resolves on how the human body will make factors VII, IX, or XI.
  • The World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) started celebrating the day in 1989 and chose April 17 to celebrate it in honour of the founder of WFH Frank Schnabel.
  • Haemophilia was discovered in the 10th century and was found mainly in males. The disease was then known as Abulcasis.

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