World Thalassemia Day [May 8]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 12, 2022, 8:29

World Thalassemia Day is observed every year on May 8th. The day honours people who have battled this hereditary condition and raises awareness about the disease and its symptoms. This global observance also honours the long-term efforts of doctors and other medical professionals dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by the disease, as well as scientists aiming to eradicate the disease through fresh breakthroughs.

About World Thalassemia Day

We commemorate and honour the power of knowledge on World Thalassemia Day. The theme for International Thalassemia Day 2022 is an open call to action for all supporters to raise awareness about thalassemia and its global impact, as well as share vital information and knowledge to help patients with this disease receive the best possible health, social, and other care.

World Thalassemia Day 2022 Theme

Be Aware. Share. Care: Working with the global community as one to improve thalassemia knowledge. The theme aims to motivate everyone to contribute to the battle against thalassemia on a personal level, and it serves as a compelling reminder that everyone has a significant role to play as well as a responsibility to act.

World Thalassemia Day Objective

World Thalassemia Day is observed to raise awareness about the disease, its symptoms, and its causes.

World Thalassemia Day Significance

This International Thalassemia Day attempts to educate young people about the significance of visiting a doctor before expecting a child to prevent HIV from spreading. It's also utilised to debunk myths as well as misconceptions about the condition while emphasising its importance.

What is Thalassemia?

It is a blood disorder that is handed on from one generation to the next. Treatment for thalassemia varies based on the kind and severity of the disease. This disorder impairs the body's ability to generate haemoglobin and red blood cells.

A person with thalassemia disease will have a low amount of red blood cells and almost no haemoglobin. Its consequences might be mild to severe, and they can even be deadly. The most prevalent carriers of this disease are those from the Mediterranean, South Asia, and Africa, hence the campaigns on World Thalassemia Day.

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Thalassemia Vaccine

A seven-valent Conjugate Pneumococcal Vaccine must be given starting at the age of two months. A 23-valent Conjugate Pneumococcal Vaccine booster must be given at the age of 24 months. Every five to ten years, a Pneumovax booster should be explored.

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Thalassemia in India

Around 10,000 children are born with Thalassemia each year in India. Northern India has a Thalassemia gene that ranges from 3% to 15%, while southern India has a Thalassemia gene that ranges from 1% to 3%.

With 40 million carriers, India is the world's thalassemia capital. At the national level, there is no preventative and control program. People with thalassemia are unintentionally passing this genetic condition on to their children since preventive health exams are not the norm in India.

To conclude, The 8th of May is International Thalassemia Day. A prevention and treatment program is nowhere in sight in India as the incidence of Thalassemia rises. In our country, there is no national plan for a disease with no treatment that is endangering the entire world.

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FAQs on World Thalassemia Day

Q.1. When is World Thalassemia Day celebrated?

World Thalassemia Day is observed every year on May 8th.

Q.2. What is the significance of World Thalassemia Day?

World Thalassemia Day aims to raise awareness of the condition and assist thalassemia patients in living a normal life notwithstanding the disease's burden.

Q.3. What was the theme of World Thalassemia Day in 2021?

"Addressing Health Inequalities Across the Global Thalassemia Community" is the theme for World Thalassemia Day 2021.

Q.4. What is the theme of World Thalassemia Day in 2022?

Be Aware. Share. Care: Working with the global community as one to improve thalassemia knowledge. The theme for World Thalassemia Day 2022 is an open call to action for all supporters to increase awareness of thalassemia and its global impact, as well as share critical information and knowledge to enable individuals with this condition to obtain the best possible care.

Q.5. What does World Thalassemia Day attempt to do?

World Thalassemia Day attempts to educate young people about the significance of visiting a doctor before expecting a child to prevent HIV from spreading.