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Thematic Area: Protecting People and Preventing Complications of Blood Disorders

Focus Area: Protecting People with Blood Disorders

Blood disorders affect millions of people each year in the United States, cutting across the boundaries of age, race, sex, and socioeconomic status.  Men, women, and children of all backgrounds live with the complications associated with these conditions, many of which are painful and potentially life threatening.  While millions of Americans carry genes for bleeding and clotting disorders, and hemoglobinopathies (a genetic defect), most will lead normal lives without experiencing any harm.

With proper preventive actions and early intervention, many of these disorders and their complications could be eliminated.  We are dedicated to helping people with blood disorders by contributing to a better understanding of blood disorders and their complications; working to develop, implement and evaluate prevention programs; helping consumers and health care providers get the information that they need; and encouraging action to improve the quality of life for people living with or affected by these conditions.