World Thalassemia Day: May 8
Every year, World Thalassemia Day is observed on May 8. It intends to create awareness about Thalassemia and prevent the disease from transmitting to other people. It is furthermore observed to deliver a better quality of life to people undergoing from Thalassemia.
What is Thalassemia?
Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that is characterized by abnormal haemoglobin production. There are two major types of Thalassemia namely Alpha Thalassemia and Beta Thalassemia. The World Thalassemia Day is being observed since 1994. It is organized by the Thalassemia International Federation.
Thalassemia in India
India is in the Thalassemia belt of the world. Over 3.7% of the total Thalassemia patients are in India. Among the states, West Bengal is the most affected state of Thalassemia. The World Thalassemia Day is observed under the Theme: The dawning of a new era for Thalassemia: Time for a global effort to make novel therapies accessible and affordable to patients.