I am in historic and amazing Istanbul, Turkey, site of the capital of the once Byzantine Empire and this week site of World Federation of Hemophilia Congress, which brings together people involved with hemophilia from all over the word. It is the largest hemophilia gathering, with over 4,000 in attendance! Our own Mark Skinner, person with hemophilia and former NHF president, is the WFH president.
Mark gave a wonderful talk tonight at the opening reception, followed by a Turkish symphony, with exotic and rich music, and traditional dancers. Afterward, all 4,000 attended the exhibition hall, where the manufacturers and also the hemophilia national organizations from many countries had booths. This is an all week long event, which gives attendees the chance to hear what other countries are doing in terms of hemophilia treatment, research and best practices. It also is a great chance to network. For me, in the international community for 12 years, it is like a family reunion. Already I have met with representatives from the Dominican Republic, where we just held camp, Pakistan, Russia and India.
Visit the WFH website at www.wfh.org to learn more about their efforts to help educate, organize and bring treatment to people with hemophilia worldwide.
Now, I hope to blog later this week but I blew my converter within hours of arriving, and may not have battery power! I’ll do my best… in the meantime, please read about Project SHARE’s trip to Ecuador through our What’s New on the home page. There’s lots happening internationally!
(Photo 1, L to R: Dr. Armando Pena, Honduras; Laurie Kelley; Angel Almodovar, Talecris; Vicente Soriano, father of child with hemophilia and board member FAHEM, Dominican Republic; Dr. Angel Beltran, Talecris El Salvador)
(Photo 2: Haydee de Garcia, president, FAHEM, Domincan Republic; Laurie Kelley; Dra. Rosa Nieves, hematologist, Robert Reid Cabral Hospital, Domincan Republic)