WFH supports laboratory diagnosis of bleeding disorders in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

On January 16 to 18, 2017, the WFH organized a three-day laboratory diagnosis workshop for laboratory specialists from Eastern European and Central Asian countries. The workshop was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, and brought together 26 laboratory specialists from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

The objective of the workshop was to offer hands-on training to laboratory specialists on the accurate diagnosis of hemophilia including inhibitor testing and von Willebrand disease (VWD).

The regional component of this workshop was a valuable asset for the attendees, and allowed for engaging discussions around the similarities and issues encountered in their daily practice. The WFH is confident such event will encourage the development and consolidation of a cooperation that would benefit all Eastern European and Central Asian countries. The workshop also offered a good balance of theory and practice; laying the foundation for the analytical work, as well as equipping the participants with practical methods and skills for accurate diagnosis of hemophilia including inhibitor testing and VWD diagnosis.

“The regional aspect of the laboratory workshop was very beneficial, the practical aspect of the workshop offered advanced knowledge, and having it organized in the beautiful city of Tbilisi was highly appreciated”, said Alibaev Kubanychbek, MD from the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

“There is a strong will to improve the diagnostic care in the region and it is evident that long-lasting relationships have been built amongst attendees,” said Steve Kitchen, MD, Chair of the WFH Laboratory Sciences Committee and Head of Sheffield Hemostasis and Thrombosis Centre The workshop was facilitated by Kitchen, along with Nina Klimova, MD, Head of the Hemostasis laboratory at the St. Petersburg City Center for Treatment of Patients with Hemophilia.

Throughout the 2017, WFH plans to organize series of similar regional laboratory diagnosis workshops in other regions of the world, including Africa and Asia. In addition, there will be a series of national workshops, providing an opportunity for a diverse range of participants to share knowledge, good practices and discuss the improvement of diagnosis for people with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.