World Hemophilia Day 2017 is about raising awareness for the people who have hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Raising awareness about these conditions is particularly important in light of the fact that a lot of people actually are not familiar with these disorders these days. Some people seem to be under the impression that hemophilia is a historical disease that was cured at some point. In fact, hemophilia is very prevalent today, even if it is associated with historical members of the defunct aristocracy.
Like many bleeding disorders, hemophilia is genetic. World Hemophilia Day is specifically for the people who have inherited blood disorders. All blood disorders can be difficult to live with, but hemophiliacs and similar individuals were born that way. They never even had the chance to prevent their illnesses.
Of course, there are plenty of people who have inherited bleeding disorders and who never received a diagnosis. Some people living without sufficient healthcare coverage might be in a situation where they could never get a diagnosis one way or another. Other people have inherited bleeding disorders, but they do not have access to adequate care for them. Functionally, their diagnoses didn’t really matter. One of the goals of World Hemophilia Day is raising awareness about these disorders in the hope that things will improve for the people who are not able to get their disorders treated or managed now.
Theme for World Hemophilia Day 2017
The theme for World Hemophilia Day in 2017 is as follows: Lighting it up red. Obviously, the nature of the theme is fairly self-explanatory. The red obviously symbolizes blood. People who have hemophilia have to deal with this particular color more than most people, so lighting it up red should help people see things from their perspective at least for a little while.
This celebration of World Hemophilia Day will literally involve lighting major urban landmarks in red for the purpose of getting people to acknowledge individuals who have severe bleeding disorders. Lighting everything up in red demonstrates a sense of solidarity with the people who have terrible bleeding disorders.
These days, the message of World Hemophilia Day should be even clearer. People who are not entirely sure about the purpose of the red landmarks will be able to find out about all of it fairly easily. It’s going to be that much easier for everyone involved to take pictures of the landmarks in order to share them on social media. They can also learn about the World Hemophilia Day celebration and draw a connection between the day and the red landmarks without having to do a great deal of research. In the Information Age, the message of World Hemophilia Day and similar celebrations will tend to get across so much more easily.
The Audience for World Hemophilia Day
Obviously, it is important that the general public learn more and more about World Hemophilia Day. However, World Hemophilia Day is also for the sufferers of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. People on both sides of the issue can strongly benefit from World Hemophilia Day this year and every year.
Hemophilia and similar conditions count as disabilities. However, they are largely invisible disabilities. People cannot look at a person and know that he or she has hemophilia. Even during a bleeding episode, people might not know why a person cannot seem to stop bleeding. People who have invisible disabilities often have a hard time getting taken seriously. Getting the accommodation that they need can be even tougher.
World Hemophilia Day may help change all of that. People who have these disorders can learn that they are not alone. They can learn about the supportive community that is in place for them, and they might not have been aware of it previously. Members of the general public can also learn about this disability, which might make a huge difference when they learn about people who they know in their own lives who have bleeding disorders.
Blood transfusions are safer these days, which has really improved the lives of hemophiliacs. However, many people with inherited bleeding disorders still struggle. World Hemophilia Day 2017 can help ensure that these people do not suffer in silence.