What will it take to Close the Gap?

An estimated 6.9 million people are living with a bleeding disorder. Of these, 75 percent remain undiagnosed and receive inadequate care or no care at all.

Since 1963, the WFH has worked to improve and sustain care for people with bleeding disorders around the world. Some of our accomplishments:

  • 240,000 patients have been identified
  • 5 percent increase in the number of children with bleeding disorders surviving into adulthood in developing countries in six years (from 2002 to 2008)
  • over 225 percent increase in the availability of treatment products since 2001
  • national care programs established in 16 countries through the Global Alliance for Progress (GAP) Program, 13 of these with official memoranda of understanding signed between the WFH and the national government
  • The WFH mission is carried out in more than 100 countries globally

The next decade of development

To mark the WFH’s 50th anniversary towards our journey of treatment for all, we made a commitment to accelerate our work to close the gap in care globally. We are seeking funding for the next decade of WFH development programs, in particular to support a new project, the Cornerstone Initiative. This new program is targeted to the needs of people with bleeding disorders in the most impoverished regions of the world. We will work to improve the basic aspects of care and lay the cornerstone upon which future growth and development of care may occur.

With your help, our quest to introduce, improve, and sustain care will not be limited by geography, national economic wealth, or existing healthcare infrastructure. With your help, we reach those who live in countries where the gap in care is greatest.

What will it take to Close the Gap?

It will take time, volunteers, and most importantly, financial resources.

Be part of the vision. Give to Close the Gap.

Updated January 2014