Building a Family of Support on April 17, World Hemophilia Day

April 15, 2015

Every year on April 17, World Hemophilia Day is observed around the world to increase awareness of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. This is a critical effort with an ultimate goal of ensuring better diagnosis and access to care for the millions who have a rare bleeding disorder yet remain without treatment.

World Hemophilia Day logoPrecision BioLogic is pleased to support the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and observe World Hemophilia Day, which provides an opportunity to talk to our extended family and friends, colleagues, and caregivers to raise awareness and increase support for those living with an inherited bleeding disorder.

For World Hemophilia Day 2015, Precision BioLogic has invited Dr. Chantale Pambrun to speak to our employees about hemophilia. Dr. Pambrun heads the Division of Hematopathology at The IWK Health Centre, our regional children’s and women’s hospital, and is Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Dalhousie University. We’re also encouraging our employees and their families to show their commitment to the bleeding disorder community by shining a red light on April 17; and to help them do just that, there are red light bulbs for everyone!

About hemophilia and other bleeding disorders

Hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, inherited platelet disorders, and other factor deficiencies are lifelong bleeding disorders that prevent blood from clotting properly. People with bleeding disorders do not have enough of a particular clotting factor, a protein in blood that controls bleeding, or else it does not work properly. The severity of a person’s bleeding disorder usually depends on the amount of clotting factor that is missing or not functioning. People with hemophilia can experience uncontrolled bleeding that can result from a seemingly minor injury. Bleeding into joints and muscles causes severe pain and disability while bleeding into major organs, such as the brain, can cause death. To learn more about hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders, visit www.wfh.org.

About the World Federation of Hemophilia

For 50 years, the World Federation of Hemophilia, an international not-for-profit organization, has worked to improve the lives of people with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. Established in 1963, it is a global network of patient organizations in 122 countries and has official recognition from the World Health Organization. Visit WFH online at www.wfh.org.