Haemophilia is a genetic disorder, where the blood is devoid of clotting factor. The two common kinds of hemophilia are hemophilia A and hemophilia B. Hemophilia A is the most common form and is due to having reduced levels of clotting factor VIII (8). Hemophilia B, also known as Christmas Disease, is caused by having reduced levels of clotting factor IX (9).
World Hemophilia Day is an international awareness day for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. It is held annually on April 17, date of the birthday of Frank Schnabel, founder of the World Federation of Hemophilia. This year, the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is focusing on reaching out and identifying new members of the bleeding disorders community on the theme Reaching out – connect to your community.