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World Haemophilia Day

17 April 2024

Every year on 17 April World Haemophilia Day is recognised worldwide to increase awareness of haemophilia, von Willebrand disease and other inherited bleeding disorders. This is a critical effort since with increased awareness comes better diagnosis and access to care for the millions who remain without treatment.

World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), which chose 17 April as the day to bring the community together in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.

The 2024 international theme is “Equitable access for all: recognizing all bleeding disorders.”

The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) vision of Treatment for All is for a world where all people with inherited bleeding disorders have access to care, regardless of their type of bleeding disorder, gender, age, or where they live.  This April let’s celebrate our community and continue working towards a world where everyone—with hemophilia A or B, von Willebrand disease (VWD) or any other bleeding disorder—has access to diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive care.  

Did you know, WFH estimates that over 75% of people living with haemophilia worldwide have not yet been identified and diagnosed.  

The World Federation of Hemophilia, with the support of volunteers from around the world, does remarkable work to improve access to diagnosis, treatment, care and support for people with bleeding disorders.

In Australia, our community is fortunate to have access to a range of treatments, care and services. During recent times, some new haemophilia therapies available in Australia have led to fewer or no bleeds and greatly improved the quality of life of those who have been able to use them. We look forward to more novel therapies in the future for everyone.


In 2023, we had many locations and landmarks over Australia Lighting up Red in support of World Haemophilia Day. This year Queensland has a record number of landmarks light up red. Check out our locations below. Please send your photos by text message to 0419 706 056 or email [email protected]


  • Story Bridge
  • Reddacliff Place sculptures
  • Wickham Terrace Car Park architectural wall
  • Breakfast Creek Bridge, Newstead
  • Gateway Bridge and any other structure
  • Treasury Casino, Brisbane
  • Government House
  • Parliament House
  • Kurilpa Bridge
  • Customs House
  • Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


  • Water Towers –
    • Wineglass Drive Hillcrest,
    • Telfer St Shailer Park,
    • Brookvale Dr Underwood


  • Ipswich Civic Centre
  • 1NS


  • Victoria Bridge, Toowoomba
  • The Annex


  • Town Hall Warwick Clock Face
  • Warwick Town Hall roof lights


  • Stanthorpe Administration Building


  • CBD Tree Lights, Maranoa


  • Heritage Façade Council building


  • Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building
  • Library Kiosks


  • Court House Gallery


  • Townsville Sign
  • Victoria Bridge
  • Wharton Reef Lighthouse
  • Old Magistrates Court House
  • George Roberts Bridge
  • Flinders Square
  • Central Park Boardwalk
  • Little Fletcher Bridge
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