When is International Thalassaemia Day?

Monday May 8th

Every year on May 8th, International Thalassaemia Day honors thalassaemia patients who are no longer with us.. It's also a day to honor the patients who are still alive and striving for a higher quality of life.

International Thalassaemia Day - May 8

Thalassaemia is a genetic hemoglobin disorder... Hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein found in red blood cells, is the iron-rich protein found in red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein that helps oxygenate the blood. A person with thalassaemia has less than normal hemoglobin levels. This can make life very difficult, as it usually requires multiple blood transfusions. Any people with the disease need a blood transfusion every two weeks.

According to the most recent estimates, around 280 million people around the world have thalassaemia. About 439,000 people have a severe form of the disease. Thalassemia is most common among the following ethnic groups: Thalassaemia is most common in the following ethnic groups: