WFH 50th anniversary videos 

Videos in this series were released every six weeks throughout 2013. The Close the Gap video series highlights key moments, programs, and people in the 50-year history of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). These videos are available with Spanish or French subtitles.

Achieving Treatment for All 

In this final video in the WFH 50th anniversary series, WFH president (2004-2012) Mark Skinner speaks of WFH’s vision of Treatment for All. Founder Frank Schnabel imagined the WFH as a global leader, in advancing the care and treatment for all those living with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. Progress has been made but there is still work to be done.

Previously released videos

A Defining Decade

Former WFH president, Brian O’Mahony, speaks to how the WFH expanded its mandate, with a change in how development programs were created. Click here to watch >

Improving Treatment Safety and Supply

Learn more about treatment safety and supply for those with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. Click here to watch >

Leaders in Training

This video, narrated by Christine Lee, MD, documents the positive impact of the WFH International Hemophilia Training Centre (IHTC) Fellowship Program, which began, in 1972. Click here to watch >

Bridging the Gap in Treatment

This four-minute video, narrated by Alison Street, MD, (WFH vice-president medical, 2008-2012), documents the positive impact of the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program, which has helped to free many children from a lifetime spent suffering from a disability. Click here to watch >

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins recounts the life of WFH founder, Frank Schnabel, a Montreal businessman with hemophilia. Schnabel’s personal experience as a person with hemophilia inspired him to found an organization, in 1963, to improve care for the worldwide bleeding disorders community. Click here to watch >

Empowering Patients

The video Empowering Patients explores the story of Antonia, who was determined not to let her son, diagnosed with hemophilia, follow the same fate as three of his cousins who died from complications due to hemophilia. Click here to watch >

Volunteering Brings Change

The video Volunteering Brings Change is dedicated to the remarkable people who donate generously their time, expertise, and energy to the WFH and its national member organizations. Click here to watch >


The sharing of knowledge and expertise is the greatest gift of twinning. In the video Changing Lives Through Twinning, Yuri Zhulyov and Paula Bolton-Maggs, MD, reflect on their involvement with the WFH Twinning Program. Click here to watch >

The Winning Coalition

Dr. Assad Haffar narrates The Winning Coalition, a 20-minute film highlighting the establishment of a national care system for people with bleeding disorders in Senegal, through the work of local doctors, patients, governments, and international volunteers. Click here to watch >

Close the Gap
This short video highlights the differences between children who have received care for their bleeding disorder and those who suffer without care. Click here to watch >

Updated November 2013