Malaysia vows to boost awareness ahead of major blood congress

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A meeting of haemophiliac experts will return to Southeast Asia for the first time in 20 years.

The biennial World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) World Congress is taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2024, after coronavirus scuppered the 2020 meeting.

Bangkok, Thailand, was the last city in the region to host the event in 2004.

The meeting, which typically attracts around 5,000 delegates - including patients - is dedicated to the advancement of treatments to improve the lives of people with genetic bleeding disorders

It will bring the world best’s professionals in haemophilia to Malaysia for the first time to provide local healthcare professional with valuable exposure to network, collaborate, share best practices amongst industry experts and finding for solution to save human lives.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, CEO of MyCEB, said: “Supporting a health-focused congress such as the World Federation of Haemophilia is especially crucial during the COVID-19 crisis whereby it has made life challenging for people with a bleeding disorder.

"Unlike many medical congresses, this congress is attended by patients as well as medical experts, researchers, scientists, and regulators. It acts as a platform for patients with bleeding disorders to gain new information from the medical aspect and learn about latest developments that could assist them in their daily lives.”

MyCEB, joined by the Haemophilia Society of Malaysia and affiliate partner WFH, has pledged ‘to create greater awareness of bleeding disorder and create a focal point for global network of healthcare providers that attracts all the major stakeholders in the bleeding disorders community’.

Jeremias Rodriguez, Director - Congress & Meetings for World Federation of Haemophilia, said: “In line with the World Federations of Haemophilia’s mission of Treatment for All, Malaysia presented a very compelling case on why they need the congress to be at their shore. Hosting the congress in Malaysia will not only benefit the Malaysian haemophilia community but also be able to bring this congress back to Southeast Asia after a 20-year gap.”

Edwin Goh, VP of local organiser the Haemophilia Society of Malaysia, said: “We are sure the delegates will be as excited as us to be able to congregate once again and building networks with the blood brothers and sisters from all over the world. This will be the time that we get to unlearn and relearn from all the experts and to forge ahead for Treatment for All towards the bleeding disorder community whereby no one should be left behind”.

The 2022 event is in Montreal, Canada.

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