The WFH 2020 Annual Report has just been published, and it shows how the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) continued working towards the vision of Treatment for All last year despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. By collaborating with partners, healthcare practitioners (HCPs), our global network of national member organizations (NMOs), and other stakeholders, the WFH continued representing the interests of people with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders in 147 countries. “[The pandemic made us adapt more quickly than we have ever done before,” explains Alain Baumann, WFH CEO. “Even if different than initially planned, we delivered and often surpassed the goals we had set before the pandemic began.”
In 2020, the WFH:
- Held a successful Virtual Summit—the very first global virtual congress in our field
- Reached a record number of participants through almost 100 webinars
- Delivered uninterrupted therapy delivery by the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program at a time when borders and logistics companies were literally shutting down
- Continued data gathering for our registries such as the Annual Global Survey (AGS) and the World Bleeding Disorders Registry (WBDR)
- Published the WFH Guidelines for the Management of Hemophilia, 3rd edition
- Delivered the first Global Summit on women and girls with inherited bleeding disorders
- Held a secure virtual vote at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the General Assembly and successfully transitioned to the new board
- Welcomed Angola, Botswana, Djibouti, Fiji, Kosovo, Malta, Republic of Congo and Rwanda to the WFH family as associate NMOs
2020 also marked the end of the tenure of Alain Weill as President of the WFH. The WFH would like to thank Alain Weill for his work with the WFH, and welcome Cesar Garrido, who was voted in as President at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the General Assembly on October 16, 2020.
To read the full WFH 2020 Annual Report, please click here.