On July 20, 2017, Alain Weill, president of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), was recognized by the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as an “Illustrious Visitor”. The prestigious distinction, awarded by Buenos Aires Legislative representatives, is one of the highest honours that the city can bestow on a visitor. It recognizes the contributions of the WFH, under the global leadership of Weill, in helping improve care within the Argentinian bleeding disorders community.
In 1944, Argentina became the first country in the world to have a patient organization for hemophilia. Since then, the Fundación de la Hemofilia—the WFH national member organization (NMO) within Argentina—has advocated for comprehensive care at the national level for people with bleeding disorders. Working with leaders from a group of 12 national patient associations, including from Argentina, WFH founder Frank Schnabel convened a global meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on June 25, 1963. The collaboration between the Fundación and the WFH has only grown since then.
The “Illustrious Visitor” Ceremony was held at the Buenos Aires Legislative Palace. State representatives Natalia Fidel and Maria Patricia Vischi presented the award in person to Weill. Many people from the Argentinian hemophilia community participated, including patients and chapters from other provinces. The ceremony highlighted the important work carried out by the WFH in Argentina, in collaboration with the Fundación, further demonstrating the shared global vision of Treatment for All.