WFH supports development of psychosocial care in the Western Balkans

As part of its continuous support to members of the bleeding disorder community, the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) organized a Regional Psychosocial Workshop in Belgrade, Serbia, from December 4 to 5, 2016. This event was part of a series of regional medical and lay workshops that the WFH organizes every year in different regions.

Participants came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. The regional workshop proved to be a productive way for psychosocial specialists (social workers, psychologists, and nurses) to discuss ideas for implementing adequate psychosocial strategies to support people with bleeding disorders and their families in the western Balkans.

The main objective of the Regional Psychosocial Workshop in Belgrade was to educate participants and generally raise awareness about the psychosocial care of persons with bleeding disorders and their families. Some of the main topics covered during this regional workshop included the team approach to hemophilia, the different life stages of the condition, coping with chronic pain and complications, and the psychosocial impact on carriers. These sessions helped many psychosocial professionals to understand the complexity of the emotional distress suffered by people with bleeding disorders and their families.

“The workshop gave me lots of useful information about hemophilia and its impact on patients’ lives, especially from the psychosocial point of view. It was…informative and I hope it is just a start,” said Danijela Vukovic, a psychologist from Croatia.

The workshop concluded with the development of targeted action plans designed to help participants turn their vision into practical solutions, and increase the efficiency and accountability of their work with people with bleeding disorders, carriers and their families.