International Thalassaemia Day

International Thalassaemia Day

The International Thalassaemia Day (ITD) is marked annually on 8 May and it is devoted to raising awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about thalassaemia, and helping the global thalassaemia community to connect and call for changes towards the improvement of patients lives and well-being. (Public Health Update)

Facts

  • 8 out of 10 people with thalassaemia across the world are unaware that they have the mutated gene that causes the disease and that they could have a child with a severe form of thalassaemia, if their partner is also a carrier of the disease.
  • More than half a million children are expected to be born with thalassaemia and other haemoglobin disorders worldwide by 2030.
The International Thalassaemia Day (ITD) 2022
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