World Haemophilia Day is celebrated around the world to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. It is celebrated on 17 April - the birthday of the founder of the World Federation of Hemophilia, Frank Schnabel.
In 2011, the theme is 'Be inspired, get involved in treatment for all'. Haemophilia Foundation Australia invites you to contribute and share inspiring stories of people with bleeding disorders, patient leaders and healthcare professionals.
Around 2,000 Australians live with haemophilia and around 200,000 with the related bleeding disorder von Willebrand disease. Find out about haemophilia and why haemophilia inheritance means almost all those affected are men, while von Willebrand disease affects men and women equally.
For more information on haemophilia and blood, see myDr's topic page on blood and the circulatory system.
Last Reviewed: 15 April 2011