For the past few years, TIF has been working closely and forming close relationships with Beijing Angel Mom Charity Foundation on thalassaemia-related matters in China.
China’s President Xi, Jin Ping, promoted a new policy last year to develop an ‘economic belt’ to benefit countries along the ancient Silk Road. Now, this policy has expanded its horizon to a global scale. Not only, it aims at strengthening global economy but also engages in global philanthropy.
In light of the recent funding programme announced by the Chinese Government, aiming to financially support projects involving countries of the ancient Silk Road, TIF and the Beijing Angel Mom Charity Foundation have taken the initiative to draft and submit a proposal for the benefit of countries affected by the disease, aiming to bring progress in the areas of thalassaemia training and medical support for thalassaemia families. TIF will act as a special medical consultant for the Beijing Angel Mom Charity Foundation to carry out this mission for the benefit of thalassaemia patients globally.
The “Belt and Road Thalassaemia Alliance” was formally established during the International Thalassaemia conference in Thessaloniki 2017.
What is the Thalassaemia belt?
Formerly, the distribution of thalassaemia had been mainly limited to areas from the Mediterranean basin through the Middle East and Indian subcontinent up to Southeast Asia. This is the so-called “thalassaemia belt”, a belt around the earth that includes countries with high prevalence in thalassaemia.
What is the Silk Road?
The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes, which were for centuries central to cultural interaction, originally through regions of Eurasia connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea. The Silk Road concept refers to both the terrestrial and the maritime routes connecting Asia with Africa, the Middle East and southern Europe.
How do the two come together?
The “Thalassaemia Belt” and “Silk Road” concepts have a significant number of countries in common that are in need of support regarding the prevention and clinical management of thalassaemia.