Are you familiar with the medical condition known as hemophilia? People who suffer from hemophilia have blood that do not clot properly. It is rare, hereditary, and occurs most often in males than in females. Moreover, it could affect the young as much as the elderly. April is World Hemophilia Month, and Blood Brothers Aid Inc., a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, aims to raise awareness about hemophilia in the country and to get more Filipinos to recognize the problem and help through blood or monetary donations.
|Queen Victoria passed hemophilia|
to some of her descendants.
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The blood of patients with hemophilia lack protein which is important in clotting. Therefore, wounds from injuries take a lot of time to heal. Usual symptoms of this condition include deep bruising, joint pain and swelling caused by internal bleeding, spontaneous bleeding (e.g. nosebleeds), or prolonged bleeding from cuts, after surgery, or even after a tooth extraction. Diagnosis is made through a blood test that measures the level of clotting factor activity in the blood.
Clotting factor concentrates, however, are not readily available in the Philippines. International groups or volunteers ship medicine in from other countries, though supplies are minimal. In the absence of these drugs, a person in need of replacement therapy would require blood or plasma transfusions, and are at the mercy of the limited supply of blood available in hospitals. There are reported incidents of deaths among hemophiliacs due to the long wait for blood donations.
That’s why it is important for those who might show signs of having hemophilia to be diagnosed at the soonest possible time. It is also why more Filipinos need to be made aware of the disorder, so that we can help provide the support and treatments necessary for people who suffer from it.
|Image from the Blood Brothers Aid Inc. |
Become a Blood Brother and help support the needs of Filipino patients with hemophilia. You can start now by joining the Blood Brothers Aid Inc. community through their Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Brothers-Aid-Inc/347564769650) The page will guide you in learning more about hemophilia, how to help, where to donate, and how to spread the word. Also, please don't forget to share the word about this cause by clicking the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the beginning of this post.
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