World Haemophilia Day 2023

Every year on 17 April World Haemophilia Day is recognised worldwide to increase awareness of haemophilia, von Willebrand disease and other inherited bleeding disorders. This is a critical effort since with increased awareness comes better diagnosis and access to care for the millions who remain without treatment.
World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), which chose 17 April as the day to bring the community together in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.
This year the international theme is “Access for All: Prevention of bleeds as the global standard of care”.  The aim is to improve access to treatment and care with an emphasis on better control and prevention of bleeds for all people with bleeding disorders. Access to treatment prophylaxis given at home can greatly improve quality of life for people with bleeding disorders.
Did you know, WFH estimates that over 65% of people living with haemophilia worldwide have not yet been identified and diagnosed.  
The World Federation of Hemophilia, with the support of volunteers from around the world, does remarkable work to improve access to diagnosis, treatment, care and support for people with bleeding disorders.
Haemophilia Foundation Australia is a WFH member organisation and many Australian volunteers have been involved with WFH programs. HFA has supported many programs over the years and participated in the WFH Twinning Program and various committees that work to achieve the objectives of WFH.
In Australia, our community is fortunate to have access to a range of treatments, care and services. During recent times, some new haemophilia therapies available in Australia have led to fewer or no bleeds and greatly improved the quality of life of those who have been able to use them. We look forward to more novel therapies in the future for everyone.
Share your story
Discover stories about how bleeding disorders have affected people and their loved ones and share your own on the WFH Share Your Story page.
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World Haemophilia Day Activities
Get everyone involved in raising awareness for World Haemophilia Day with the print-at-home colouring in sheet, or test your knowledge of bleeding disorders with the quiz. You can also update your profile picture on social media to show your support.
Colouring in Sheet
WHD Quiz
WHD Profile Picture
WHD Profile Picture Frame (transparent background)
Light it up Red
We had many locations and landmarks over Australia Lighting up Red in support of World Haemophilia Day. Thank you to everyone who sent in your photos.

World Haemophilia Day Australia 2023
ACT Telstra Tower
  The Carillion
  The Australian Mint, Deakin
NSW Newcastle City Hall Clock Tower
  Port Macquarie Town Square
NT Palmerston Recreation Centre
QLD Brisbane 
  Breakfast Creek Bridge, Newstead
  Brisbane City Town Hall
  Gateway Bridge
  Ipswich Civic Centre
  King George Square
  Kurilpa Bridge
  Parliament House, Brisbane
  Reddacliff Place sculptures
  Sandgate Town Hall
  Story Bridge
  Treasury Casino, Brisbane
  Victoria Bridge
  Water Towers
  Wickham Terrace Car Park architectural wall 
  Court House Gallery
  Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building
  Library Kiosks
  CBD Tree Lights, Maranoa
  Heritage Façade Council building
  Stanthorpe Administration Building
  Victoria Bridge
  Central Park Boardwalk
  George Roberts Bridge
  Little Fletcher Bridge
  Old Magistrates Court House
  Townsville Sign
  Victoria Bridge
  Wharton Reef Lighthouse
  Town Hall Warwick Clock Face
  Warwick Town Hall roof lights
SA Adelaide Oval
  The new Riverbank lighting feature
TAS Wrest Point Tower
  Tasman Bridge
  Festive Lights, Hobart
Launceston Town Hall
VIC Ballarat Town Hall
  Bolte Bridge
  Drum Theatre Building, Dandenong
  Geelong intersection Moorabool & Malop St Geelong
WA Bell Tower
Council House
Mandurah Bridge
Matagarup Bridge
Trafalgar Bridge

Date last reviewed: 22 March 2023