Mauritius, South Africa sign medical twinning on hemophilia

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital of South Africa haved signed a medical twinning in the field of hemophilia.

The twinning project, which will span four years, will be sponsored by the World Federation of Hemophilia.

It aims to improve the diagnostic capability of health care professionals in Mauritius, help better identify patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, produce guidelines for the management of hemophilia patients, set up a comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Centre, and facilitate the sharing of regional expertise through publications and presentations.

Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Anwar Husnoo, lauded the twinning initiative which will enable the setting up of a Treatment Centre in Mauritius.

He recalled that hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly.

Mr Husnoo emphasised that the mission of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life is to provide quality services to everyone and in that context Factor Concentrates are being provided to all hemophilia patients which shows the significant progress made by Mauritius as regards treatment of hemophilia patients.

"The management of the disorder requires the collective efforts of patients, parents and health care professionals since a comprehensive team is required for the long term management and rehabilitation of this disease," he pointed out.  

The Twinning Programme of the World Federation of Hemophilia aims to improve hemophilia care in emerging countries through a formal, two-way partnership between two hemophilia organisations or treatment centres for a period of four years. 

For more than 20 years, the Twinning Programme has established 215 partnerships across 113 countries, with the goal that twinned organisations or hemophilia treatment centres work together and share information, resulting in a mutually beneficial partnership, to transfer expertise, experience, skills, and resources.

Over the lifespan of the programme, twins have completed a total of 949 years of twinning partnerships.

The signing of the medical twinning marks the World Hemophilia Day which is annually observed on 17 April.

It aims to create awareness about the disorder and help people with bleeding disorders live a healthier, longer and more productive life by educating and empowering them through knowledge sharing, information exchanges, education and training.
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17 april 2018 10:20:43

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