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Bayer HealthCare Announces Recipients of 2009 International Hemophilia Nursing Fellowship
Date:7/15/2009

BOSTON, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer HealthCare announced today the recipients of the 2009 World Federation of Hemophilia's International Hemophilia Nursing Fellowship. This Bayer-supported initiative provides hemophilia education and training to nurses in developing countries - areas where hemophilia-trained healthcare professionals are in short supply. Three recipients were selected out of a pool of 59 applications from eight countries.

"Worldwide, about 70 percent of people with hemophilia go undiagnosed, and 75 percent do not receive adequate treatment, the majority of whom live in developing countries," said Mark Skinner, president, World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). "Providing nursing professionals from these areas with the necessary training and tools to recognize and treat hemophilia is critical to improving the lives of thousands of people living with the disorder. We appreciate the support Bayer has provided to this program to make it a success."

This year's fellowship winners are:

  • Dayang Sumarni Binti Abd Aziz from Malaysia, to be trained in Melbourne, Australia
  • Blanca Nieves Maradiaga Duarte from Honduras, to be trained in Houston, USA
  • Ana Josefa Garcia Sierra from Dominican Republic, to be trained in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The winners will travel to their assigned WFH-designated International Hemophilia Training Center (IHTC) to be paired with a certified hemophilia nurse for four to eight weeks of clinical and laboratory training. Seventeen nursing professionals have received this award since the program's inception in 2005, bringing much-needed skills and training to their communities and serving as a vital resource for thousands of hemophilia patients and their families.

"It is a great privilege to be one of the nurses selected for this prestigious fellowship," said Daya
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