Without treatment, most children with severe haemophilia will die young. An estimated 400,000 people worldwide are living with haemophilia. 75% of people with bleeding disorders throughout the world are undiagnosed and untreated, particularly where health care is not well resourced. The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is striving to close this gap. Australia is one of the “lucky” countries where people with haemophilia receive high quality care and treatment.
You are invited to be an official Global Feast host. Invite your family, friends and work colleagues to a meal and ask them to bring a donation instead of flowers, wine or a gift. If a dinner isn’t your “cup of tea”, any type of festive event will do a pancake breakfast, pizza party, backyard barbeque, afternoon tea or picnic lunch. Do it at home, or meet in the park! Be creative and have fun!
Global Feast benefits people around the world with bleeding disorders. All monies are donated directly to WFH with funds spent on providing safe and effective blood treatment products free of charge to people in urgent need in more than 50 developing countries and programs, services, educating families and training doctors and nurses in some of the poorest regions of the world. For more information on WFH programs and services visit www.wfh.org.
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Hope in Zimbabwe comes in small packages
Ten-year-old Mthandazo Ian Bhebhe is like every other child, except he needs haemophilia treatment and often goes without it. Bhebhe lives in Zimbabwe, a country devastated by civil, political and economic turmoil. Life expectancy is less than 40 years, according to recent UN estimates. Most children with haemophilia in the country remain undiagnosed and untreated. They do not live beyond their teenage years. Yet, there is hope for Bhebhe. He has a world of people who care for him, the haemophilia community.
Recently Bhebhe fell at school and injured his knee, which swelled to the size of a large grapefruit. Without available treatment, doctors gave Bhebhe morphine for three weeks and considered amputating his leg. WFH responded quickly by delivering donations of blood treatment products to the Zimbabwean National Blood Transfusion Service, which determined that Bhebhe was the patient in most need of treatment. Within days, Bhebhe was able to walk using crutches. The week after receiving proper treatment, he went home. Although he continues to need crutches,
Bhebhe is able to walk on his own from home to the bus stop and make his way to school.