March 10, 2010
In early March a team of physicians and physical therapists from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill traveled to Ethiopia as part of the World Federation of Hemophilia Twinning Program. By linking emerging and established hemophilia organizations and treatment centres, the Twinning Program has improved treatment and care for people with hemophilia around the world. In 2009 UNC-CH twinned with medical personnel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This is the second visit the UNC-CH team has made and the trip was very successful in helping to provide instruction and supplies for the treatment of those affected by a bleeding disorder. According to Alice D. Ma, MD - Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC-CH Division of Hematology/Oncology, who accompanied the team on the trip, it was very productive and the different sizes of Ace wraps were a hit because patients come in all different sizes. Dr. Ma also provided some great pictures from the trip including some of patients and their Ace wraps - amazingly, none of them had ever seen them before and a group picture of the physical therapists they helped train.
In support of this trip, Hemophilia of North Carolina held a medical supply collection drive for items needed such as crutches, canes, walkers and Ace wraps. We were very fortunate to have found a fantastic family who worked tirelessly through the month of February to collect supplies needed. Our many thanks to the Reyer Family who successfully collected over 150 Ace wraps, 7 pairs of crutches and canes that helped provide assistance. A special acknowledgement goes out to Christopher Dunn of Dunn Physical Therapy in Cary, NC, Jeffrey Hawting of LC Industries, Medline and Dr. Peter Johnson for their contributions in this effort.
— Susan Cowell
Hemophilia of North Carolina