May 8th is International Thalassemia Day

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin, leading to anemia. This results in a decreased ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues, causing fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms. Thalassemia is classified into different subtypes based on the specific gene mutations that cause the condition and the severity of symptoms. It is a prevalent disease in certain populations, especially those of Mediterranean, African, and Southeast Asian ancestry.

International Thalassemia Day is an annual observance that is held on May 8th to raise awareness about thalassemia and its impact on patients and families affected by the disease. The day is a platform for advocacy and action to improve access to diagnosis, treatment, and care for those with thalassemia, and to promote greater understanding of the condition among the general public. The day also highlights the need for increased research and investment to develop more effective treatments and a cure for thalassemia.