April 17 is observed as World Haemophilia Day and to mark this day, World Heritage Site Qutub Minar in Delhi is lit up with red lights on World Haemophilia Day to spread awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The heritage monument joins World Haemophilia Day; observed annually by the World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH). This year’s theme is “Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger”. With this theme, the global bleeding disorders community focuses on the importance of sharing knowledge.
Haemophilia is a congenital disorder that causes longer-than-normal bleeding due to absent or deficient clotting factor in the blood. Haemophilia A is more common than haemophilia B; haemophilia A affects about 150,000 people, whereas haemophilia B affects about 30,000 people worldwide. Treatment regimens typically include on-demand and/or regular prophylactic infusions of factor replacement therapy to control or prevent the risk of bleeding. People with haemophilia, working closely with their healthcare professionals, can live healthy lives with proper care and adequate treatment.
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On April 2, Qutub Minar turned blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day in an effort to increase sensitization and acceptance of autism in the society.