Today is World Haemophilia Day
Today, April 17, is World Haemophilia Day.
Haemophilia is a genetic disorder that impairs a body's ability to make blood clots, resulting in excessive bleeding in affected persons - persons with the malady do not bleed faster than others, but can bleed for a longer period.
The disorder is quite rare as one in 10,000 persons are born with the condition. Jamaica has an estimated 200 cases.
Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Haemophilia in an effort to commemorate the birthday of the Federation’s founder, Frank Schnabel, and also to bring the community together.
Humans are born with the disorder and it cannot be caught from other persons. Most times the disease is passed on from parent to child. Bleeding can occur internally or externally but most time internal bleeding occurs in sufferers of the disorder.
Treatment of the disease has improved over time and it now can be effectively treated by injecting a clotting agent into a victim’s bloodstream.