Regional MSK Workshop enhances comprehensive care

The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) held a regional musculoskeletal (MSK) Workshop for MSK professionals from Central, Eastern and Southern African countries this past October in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The objective of the training was to train healthcare professionals to perform MSK outcome assessment and manage patients with MSK complications. A hematologist and a physiotherapist from each country was invited to attend the workshop in order to increase their understanding of the musculoskeletal aspects of treatment and care of people with inherited bleeding disorders—and bring that learning back to their countries.

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Delegates were given the opportunity to give a presentation on the current state of hemophilia treatment in their country. Many participants said that this sharing experience was very helpful, as they were able to learn from fellow healthcare professionals who provide care in very similar contexts and limited resources.

In the course of the second day of the workshop, patients from the South African Haemophilia Foundation kindly joined the training for a practical session. For this session, the delegates were trained on the various aspects of the clinical assessment of patients who exhibit different MSK complications, and were encouraged to propose possible treatments.

During the closing session, a hematologist stated: “I now understand that physiotherapy is as important as factor replacement in the management of acute bleeds for patients with rare bleeding disorders.”