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World Haemophilia Day: "Lighting it up red" to raise awareness
Each year, the World Haemophilia Day is observed on April 17 to raise awareness for bleeding disorders as well as to raise funds and attract volunteers. The observance, started in 1989 humbly in honour of Frank Schnabel's birthday, is now observed in most countries across the globe.

According to the initiators of the observance, the World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH), dedicated efforts are required in 'improving the lives of people with haemophilia and other genetic bleeding disorders. It educates haemophiliacs and lobbies for improved medical treatment since 75 per cent of people in the world with bleeding disorders do not know it and do not receive care.'

When a person without haemophilia bleeds, normal levels of clotting factor, a protein in the blood, causes the blood to clot and stops the bleeding. However, haemophiliacs have lower levels of clotting factor in the blood and bleeding continues for much longer periods, inform medical experts.

The WFH has member organizations in 113 countries and official recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO).

On the night of the observance, the tradition of "Lighting it up red" will be carried out and people in major cities around the world will light up prominent landmarks in red to show support for the global bleeding disorders community.

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