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IHTC Fellowship Program impact years in the making

The World Federation of International Hemophilia Training Centre (IHTC) Fellowship Program was launched in 1972, and in the more than four decades since its inception, the program has had an impact in the bleeding disorders community. The program was created to promote the development of future leaders in the international bleeding disorders community by providing them with leadership skills training, resources, and the opportunity to meet other youth leaders from around the world. The IHTC Fellowship Program has accomplished all of those objectives—with great success.

Since 1972, over 685 healthcare professionals from 96 countries have benefitted from the IHTC Fellowship Program. The WFH recently conducted an impact evaluation of the program for the period of 2011 to 2015, and the results are both encouraging and inspiring. Here are some figures, which—while based on qualitative questions—still serve to give us a very strong picture of the difference the program is making to the community:

90%

still worked in hemophilia care at the time of the survey

97%

planned to continue in this field for the next five years

97%

had already shared their acquired knowledge and skills with their peers, patients, and families

This impact isn’t just isolated to one region or specialty. To the contrary, fellows come from around the world, and are active in a wide range of disciplines.

Those global fellows reported that the program helped them make a difference in their local communities:

89%

reported that their fellowship brought about changes in bleeding disorders care in their hospital or centre

84%

said the fellowship helped them implement new medical techniques

97%

confirmed that their fellowship had a positive bearing on patients

Most IHTC Fellowship Program alumni have very positive experiences with the program. “I’m grateful to IHTC for giving me opportunity to receive four weeks IHTC fellowship training,” said Shiva Prasad Shrestha, MD, pediatrician from Nepal and 2016 IHTC fellowship recipient. “Truth be told, I learnt only a little about hemophilia during my medical schooling… after the IHTC training, I believe that I acquired a lot knowledge and skills in hemophilia management.” Maricela Osorio Guzman, a Psychologist from Mexico and a 2015 IHTC fellowship recipient, was also enthusiastic about the program: “One of the most important advantages of this training period was to be able to observe the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work for the treatment of persons with hemophilia and their families.”

Interest in the program has been steadily growing, with the WFH receiving more than 120 applications from around the world for the 2018 IHTC Fellowship Program cycle. To find out more about the program, visit the IHTC Fellowship Program page or email us at: ihtc@wfh.org.

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