Imagine for a moment how difficult this past year would have been if you had no stable internet access. Or if a four-hour ride in a crowded bus was the only way to see your doctor. This is the reality for many living with a bleeding disorder. Isolation, fear, and lack of access to treatment could have quickly become the norm for thousands of people around the world in developing countries. Fortunately, the impact of the situation was lessened thanks to the commitment of the volunteers, partners and supporters of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) who all came together in solidarity to show that while we were apart for now, we are never alone.
In a year faced with unprecedented challenges, we were there for each other. The WFH moved critical training programs online, hosted the first-ever Global Summit on Women and Girls with Bleeding Disorders, and provided our community with the tools and support they needed to continue advocating for better access to treatment and care in a rapidly changing world.
In the coming months we can only hope that vaccination campaigns will allow people to visit family and return to “normal” daily life. For many, though, the long-term effects of the pandemic will last, so we all have to work together to mitigate that impact so we can continue moving towards our shared vision of Treatment for All.