Hemophilia Alliance Travel Grant recipients Dong Chen and Rebecca Schaffer could only express gratitude and a deep resolve to continue working with the bleeding disorders community after attending the WFH Africa Summit 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Both noted the summit provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness physicians, patients, government officials, and patient organization leaders coming together to find ways to improve access to care.
Chen and Schaffer both said that the experience of attending the summit was life-changing. Schaffer made a special effort to create a network of global colleagues: much like in the United States, she found oral health is an oft-forgotten component of comprehensive healthcare. She is keen to see how her new colleagues overcome these same challenges and find ways to ensure that the benefits of good oral care are well understood.