Strengthening the regional presence of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is one of the organization’s priorities. As the mission of the WFH outlines, together as a global community, we will work to improve and sustain care for people with inherited bleeding disorders around the world. Through a strong regional focus, this mission can only be achieved with the collaboration with our national member organizations (NMO).
The recent establishment of the Coalition of the Americas reflects the growth and maturity of the WFH members within the Americas region. The NMOs of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela have formed this collective with a focus on improving the care and securing universal health coverage for patients in their region.
Their objective addresses the primary need to improve care: “To influence public health policies established by the states and governments of the countries in the Americas and international organizations to which they belong and act in this region to increase and optimize the level of treatment of members of our community.”
A Memorandum of Understanding between the WFH and the Coalition was recently formalized and signed in June 2017. This will ensure that program development, communication, and collaboration will work effectively when they are jointly working within the region. Ultimately, our shared vision of Treatment for All will lead to improving the lives of those most in need.