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NOW I AM THE VOICE by Maria Hadjidemetriou

At 2 ½ years old, I was diagnosed with Thalassaemia, a rare genetic blood disorder that primarily affected those of Mediterranean descent. My parents are both Greek Cypriot and at that time, one in 200 infants born were diagnosed with Beta‐Thalassaemia on our beautiful, ancient island of Cyprus. My mother ...

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JUST LANDED: A new TIF Publication on Blood & COVID-19

Is the new coronavirus transfusion transmittable? What is the guidance that internationally acclaimed bodies, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others provide with regard to adequacy and safety of blood and its products? This brand new informational guide about ...

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Blood & COVID-19 (2020)

An informational guide about blood adequacy and safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic, compiled on the basis of official recommendations from internationally recognized bodies.

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Novavax to start human trial for ‘ideal’ coronavirus vaccine candidate

The biotech company Novavax announced today that it has identified an “ideal” coronavirus vaccine candidate — and is set to launch the first clinical human trial in mid-May. The candidate, NVX-CoV2373, proved its ability to produce immune responses and high levels of antibodies against COVID-19 in pre-clinical animal trials, the Gaithersburg, ...

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WORLD HEALTH DAY: Honouring the work of nurses and midwives – 7 April 2020

Nurses and other health workers are at the frontlines of COVID-19 response, putting their own health at risk to protect the broader community. This World Health Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) honors the contribution of nurses and midwives, recognizing their vital role in keeping the world healthy. The global nursing ...

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: TIF reschedules the International Thalassaemia Day 2020 Celebrations for the 8th of September due to coronavirus

  Given the unprecedented global public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, TIF announces that the celebrations of the International Thalassaemia Day 2020 on the 8th of May, including all the Federation’s activities that were initially programmed, are rescheduled for Monday, 8 September 2020. TIF strongly urges its members ...

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TIF publishes new material on the COVID-10 Pandemic

TIF continues the efforts to address the questions and concerns of its global patients’ and healthcare professionals’ community about the COVID-19 Pandemic and, in doing so, it has issued 2 brand new informational documents. The TIF-proposed Haemoglobinopathy Patient Pathway for Day Care Centres, Units and Clinics treating patients with thalassaemia ...

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