World Haemochromatosis Week is observed each year in the first week in June. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of haemochromatosis and to promote the work of member organisations. In spite of the restrictions on face-to-face activities due to COVID-19, member organisations continue to inform the public and educate healthcare professionals about hereditary (genetic) haemochromatosis, the importance of early detection and the need for equitable access to treatment.
It is important that therapeutic donors and their friends, family members and colleagues who remain well continue to give blood where possible. Many others in our communities are not able to and national supplies of blood products may be impacted as a result of fewer donors.
The case for screening is strong.
Together we can make iron overload from hereditary haemochromatosis a thing of the past.