The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) 16th International Musculoskeletal (MSK) Congress—held from May 10 to 12, 2019—was a resounding success. The WFH welcomed 406 professionals from 71 countries to Madrid, Spain, for the event—a record for an WFH MSK Congress. People came from across the world to learn and to share insights about musculoskeletal approaches to hemophilia.
The Congress was notable in many ways. The program featured sessions which spanned multiple professional disciplines. It also covered many topics for the first time, such as obesity and hemophilia and the athlete with hemophilia. And the Congress—which has historically focused on MSK experts—this time also attracted hematologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, family medicine doctors, medical scientists—and patients. The fact that many more patients gave talks than in past Congresses is notable because it shows that the patient voice is becoming more and more present in the treatment process.