The IHTC travels to Kenya for World Hemophilia Day 2012!
A medical team from the Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center (IHTC) left for Eldoret, Kenya, on April 12th, as part of an IHTC program in Kenya to support individuals who live with bleeding disorders.
The team of five will bring boxes of medical equipment, factor replacement and supplies and, along with several other medical professionals, will provide free testing and care to patients. They will also lead a three-day educational symposium for Kenyan healthcare professionals.
The IHTC staff has made three other trips to Kenya since beginning a World Federation of Hemophilia-sponsored twinning program with Kenya’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) as a part of the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership. Through the twinning program with the IHTC, MTRH now has Kenya’s only functional laboratory capable of diagnosing hemophilia.
“An estimated 1 in 1,000 women and men live with a bleeding disorder. However, in Kenya, 75 percent receive very inadequate treatment or no treatment at all,” said Dr. Anne Greist. “Our Kenya twinning program is one way we are working to improve accessibility and quality of care and to make treatment available to all people, everywhere.”
While in Kenya, the IHTC team will commemorate World Hemophilia Day, April 17, by hosting a multidisciplinary comprehensive clinic for 125 patients.