Country Programs

The work of the WFH country programs is carried out within the framework of its comprehensive development model.

Country programs strategically target two to three of the six key areas outlined in the comprehensive development model. They provide in-depth support in the following areas:

  • Government support
    Actively involving the government in allocating resources for hemophilia care.
  • Care delivery 
    Supporting the structure that provides hemophilia services in a country through a network of hemophilia treatment centres.
  • Medical expertise and laboratory diagnosis 
    Ensuring medical professionals are well trained, and patients are accurately diagnosed. 
  • Treatment products
    Helping to enhance the supply of safe treatment products.
  • Patient organization 
    Providing training and coaching on strategic planning, board governance, effective management, public relations skills, fundraising, advocacy, and patient education. 
  • Data collection and outcomes research 
    Helping to gather the evidence needed to make the case for better care. 

A Country Program is implemented for an average period of three to five years, depending on the needs of the country, the goals of the program, the level of success reached, and WFH resources. To have a country program, the national member organization (NMO) or hemophilia treatment centre (HTC) must have:

  • Skilled and committed leaders (a person with hemophilia, a family member of a person with hemophilia, or a medical professional)
  • Winning coalitions of people with hemophilia and/or treaters with active volunteer or staff capacity to initiate and fulfil activities
  • Institutional and volunteer-based support
  • Potential for the program to have a positive and sustainable impact in the country

Though many NMOs and HTCs meet the above criteria, it is ultimately the WFH and its resources that determine which countries are selected.

In 2019, the WFH is focusing on the following areas for its 22 country programs.

REGION COUNTRY OBJECTIVES
Africa 

Ghana

  • Increase access to adequate and affordable care
  • Improve outreach and diagnosis of people with bleeding disorders

Nigeria

  • Increase access to adequate and affordable care
  • Improve outreach and diagnosis of people with bleeding disorders

South Africa

  • Increase access to adequate and affordable care

Zambia

  • Increase access to adequate and affordable care
  • Improve outreach and diagnosis of people with bleeding disorders
Middle East   

Algeria

  • Enhance medical expertise
  • Data collection

Morocco

  • Promote effective care system: ensure government commitment/support to national care program
  • Care delivery

Palestine

  • Enhance medical and paramedical expertise: improve outreach and diagnosis of people with bleeding disorders
  • Enhance medical expertise

Saudi Arabia

  • Strengthen capacity of NMO
  • Enhance medical and paramedical expertise
Europe 

Montenegro

  • Improve organization of care and medical expertise
  • Support government commitment, improve organization of care and medical expertise
  • Enhance medical expertise (multidisciplinary)

Romania

  • Enhance medical expertise/or improvement of care delivery (cross-cutting)
  • Enhance medical expertise (multidisciplinary) 
  • Educate patient community/strengthen capacities of the NMO
South Asia and East Asia  

India

  • Enhance medical expertise
  • Strengthen NMO capacity
  • Support implementation of activities

Mongolia

  • Enhance medical expertise
  • Strengthen NMO capacity
  • Enhance medical and multidisciplinary care

Nepal

  • Strengthen capacity of clinicians
  • Provide state of the art education to clinicians
  • Monitoring Visit
Central America and Caribbean

Costa Rica

  • HCP training and outreach
  • NMO strengthening

Dominican Republic

  • Strengthen capacity of NMO

El Salvador

  • Improve clinical are management
  • Enhance medical and paramedical expertise
  • Strengthen capacity of NMO

Honduras

  • Strengthening of the patient organization
  • Improve data collection

Jamaica

  • Strengthen capacity of NMO

Mexico

  • Promote effective care system

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Enhance medical and paramedical expertise
  • Educate and raise awareness in the patient community
South America 

Bolivia

  • Increase government support for inherited bleeding disorders treatment and care
  • Strengthen capacity of NMO and educate and raise awareness of patient community
  • Enhance medical and multidisciplinary HCP expertise
  • Improve outreach and diagnosis of people with bleeding disorders
  • Improve inhibitor diagnosis and increase knowledge of other treatment related complications

Paraguay

  • Enhance medical and multidisciplinary HCP expertise
  • Strengthen capacity of NMO and educate and raise awareness of patient community

For more information about country programs, contact us at regionaldevelopment@wfh.org.