Launch of the WFH Treatment Products eLearning Program

The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is pleased to launch the Treatment Products eLearning Program—a series of educational modules designed for individual self-directed or small-group learning. The program, found on the WFH eLearning Platform, explores the basics of bleeding disorders and the products used to treat them in three interactive modules:

  1. Introduction to Bleeding Disorders
  2. Evolution of Treatment Products (coming soon)
  3. New Treatment Avenues (coming soon)

The first module—Introduction to Bleeding Disorders—explains how blood clots, how clotting factors work together in the coagulation cascade, what goes wrong in the case of factor deficiency, and how factor replacement therapy corrects factor deficiency. The module has been adapted from the WFH Global National Member Organization (NMO) Training 2016 plenary presentation by Glenn Pierce, WFH Board Member.

The complex content is made simple and brought to life by detailed colour illustrations and interactive features, such as clickable slideshows and popup notes and icons containing essential information. The glossary and linked resources provide detailed explanations for those who wish to dig deeper. Fun quizzes and progress checks allow the learner to assess their understanding of the material, and point them back to specific sections for re-study if necessary.

Learners can work through a full module from start to finish, or look up sections of particular interest in the interactive table of contents. Currently available in English, the WFH will translate the module into French and Spanish.

The other two modules in the Treatment Products program will continue the educational journey. The Evolution of Treatment Products module will immerse learners in the treatment of bleeding disorders and how options have evolved from blood-derived products to artificially produced clotting factor concentrates. The New Treatment Avenues module will provide an engaging overview of the most promising emerging technologies with the potential to transform the management of bleeding disorders. These modules will be available alongside the Introduction to Bleeding Disorders module on the WFH eLearning Platform.

Fiona Robinson, Education Materials Manager for the WFH, wishes to thank Georghia Michael for her work editing the eLearning module, and for her contributions to this article.