World Haemophilia Day 2017

Every April 17 World Haemophilia Day is recognised worldwide to increase awareness of haemophilia 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 to bring the community together on April 17 in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.

In 2017 the theme is HEAR THEIR VOICES.

On World Haemophilia Day let’s come together to show our support for the millions of women and girls affected by bleeding disorders.

HFA will celebrate World Haemophilia Day with the launch of new The Female Factors resources.


Landmarks and monuments in Australia and around the world will support World Haemophilia Day by changing their lighting red on April 17.

Australia has secured support from landmarks and monuments in each State/Territory to light up red in April 17:

  • Adelaide Oval
  • Riverbank lighting
  • AAMI Stadium
  • Telstra Tower
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Story Bridge
  • Suncorp Stadium
  • Darwin Convention Centre
  • Council House
  • Trafalgar Bridge
  • Perth Bell Tower
  • Kennedy Lane, Hobart 
  • Railway roundabout, Hobart Elizabeth Mall, Hobart

Show your support on the night, and post photos on our Facebook page of you and your friends at the landmark #WHD2017.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for information on events and happenings.

There will be special activities for our online community, so be sure to follow these pages for details on World Haemophilia Day news and activities:


The RED TIE CHALLENGE was created by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) in the United States. NHF selected a Red Tie to symbolize the blood ties that bind our community. Based on the success of NHF, and with their agreement HFA will launch its own Red Tie Challenge in 2017.  

How do I participate?

Wear a Red Tie or Red Scarf (you can download one online from

  1. Get your friends, colleagues and social friends on board
  2. Record your look on HFA Facebook or Twitter with hashtag #RedTieChallengeAUS
  3. Change your profile picture and/or page banner on Facebook in support of the Red Tie Challenge.
  4. Make a donation at
  5. 6.Be creative and have fun!

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