IHTC Fellowship Program fuels change in developing countries

The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) International Hemophilia Training Centre (IHTC) Fellowship Program is built around providing practical skills training to promising bleeding disorders specialists in the developing world, helping them improve bleeding disorders treatment within their own country. Launched in 1972, the program has provided world-class training to 685 healthcare professionals from 96 countries. In 2017 alone, 35 people received fellowships.

Over its long history, the program has proved to be very beneficial to alumni, with the majority reporting that their experience allowed them to improve their medical skillset, and bring about changes to bleeding disorders care in their hospital or treatment centre. Even more promising was this statistic: 97% of alumni felt that that their fellowship had a positive bearing on patients.

The four- to six-week program focuses on training participants on best practices for the diagnosis and management of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders, and is held on-site at WFH-identified IHTC. The fellowship is open to a wide range of healthcare practitioners: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, laboratory scientists and technicians, orthopedic surgeons, dentists, psychologists, and social workers.

In order to be accepted to the IHTC Fellowship Program, applicants must prove their commitment to the bleeding disorder community, and must have a strong willingness to share the expertise acquired through their training with other specialists in their own country. Applicants must also have a strong medical background and a recommendation from the officially recognized WFH national member organization (NMO) in their country.

The deadline for application to the 2018 program is October 31, 2017, so we encourage anyone who might be interested to find out more now. To get all the details about the WFH International Hemophilia Training Centre (IHTC) Fellowship Program, and to apply online, please visit the IHTC Fellowship Program page.

The IHTC Fellowship program is supported by exclusive funding from Bayer.