Worldwide, 350 million people live with a rare disease, and 75% of them are children1. Haemophilia is a serious, inherited bleeding disorder in which a person’s blood does not clot properly, leading in severe cases to uncontrolled bleeding, either spontaneously or after minor trauma. It is a rare disease, and the burden and incidence is not as high as other well-known diseases. However left untreated, bleeds can lead to irreversible joint damage and intracranial bleeds, and potentially cause brain development problems which may be life-threatening2. Timely intervention can mean the difference between life and death.
While innovations have been made, more needs to be done to improve diagnosis and treatments for haemophilia and improve the quality of life for those who need it most. Watch this video as 21-year old Haikal Haziq gives us insight into his life with haemophilia, and how effective diagnostics and treatment options have given him confidence and assurance to live a full life beyond haemophilia.
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1What makes a rare disease rare? 2022. Retrieved from: https://www.roche.com/stories/roche-in-rare-diseases
2Haemophilia A. 2022. Retrieved from: https://www.roche.com/solutions/focus-areas/haematology/haemophilia