Saturday, April 16, 2011

World Hemophilia Day is getting close

So, I found this awesome teaching lesson for those interested in learning about World Hemophilia Day! I think it's crucial that we raise awareness about Hemophilia and bleeding disorders in general. This lesson shows how to do so in an easy to understand manner!

Don't forget World Hemophilia Day is tomorrow Sunday April 17th! Wear red to show your support or feel free to click the donate button on my blog. All the money raised will go to helping Hemophiliacs in India who cannot afford treatment!

World Hemophilia Day (WHD) started in 1989 as a way to raise awareness of the disorder and to bring attention to the needs of those who suffer from it. The reason it’s on April 17 is because that’s the birthday of the World Foundation for Hemophilia (WFH) founder Frank Schnabel. On WHD, organizations around the world organise a wide range of activities, events, and campaigns to help hemophiliacs. There is a different theme every year. Previous campaigns have included “Get vaccinated! Prevent hepatitis A and B” and treating people with all bleeding disorders. The WHF says treatment includes areas such as physiotherapy, information, training, diagnosis, and research for a cure.

Hemophilia comes from the Greek haima "blood" and philia "to love". It is a group of genetic disorders that makes it difficult for the body to stop cuts bleeding. The cells that the body needs to clot blood are missing. Hemophilia is a hereditary disease and so it is passed down through generations. The gene that creates the disorder comes from the mother and is passed almost entirely to male babies. When hemophiliacs get a cut, the bleeding lasts much longer than in normal people. Even a small cut can bleed for weeks, and in some cases cuts may never heal. If cuts occur in the brain, they can be fatal. Hemophiliacs live a stressful life because they always have to be careful not to get even the smallest cut.

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