For over the last five years, the Haemophilia Foundation of Nigeria (HFN), in collaboration with the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), has engaged the federal government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Health to advocate for the adequate care of people with bleeding disorders (PWBDs) in the country. These efforts have now come to fruition, as the Nigerian government will officially include bleeding disorders in its health policy and strategic plan.
A proposal was developed by the WFH and the HFN, and was reviewed by representatives from the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). The ministry then held a five-day meeting with representatives from the WFH, the HFN, the WHO, and other stakeholders, to draft a new national noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) policy. Stakeholders present during the review meeting included the WHO, the Ministry of Health, the HFN, experts representing the interests of the five other NCDs (hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, mental health and sickle cell disease), and other stakeholders.