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World Thalassemia Day is marked on May 8, every year. The event was first organized by the Thalassemia International Federation (TIF) in 1994, in memory of George Englezos, the son of TIF founder Panos Englezos. He had lost his life to the disease. Since then, the event is observed every year.
World Thalassemia Day aims to create awareness about the ailment and support patients, their families and health care workers with information to combat it.
The theme for this year’s celebration of World Thalassemia Day is, “Be Aware. Share. Care: Working with the global community as one to improve Thalassemia knowledge.” As the theme mentions, developing and spreading awareness about thalassemia all over the world and caring for those affected by the disease are the key areas of focus for this year’s event.