Mohsin Hasan Qazi
Sports and Bleeding Disorders: Being Active and Being a Hemophilic
I am a hemophile who has spent most of his life in the city of Karachi. The main issue that hemophiliacs face in this region is that there is no assistance or support provided by the official authorities to tackle this incapacitating condition.
The biggest challenge for a hemophilia child is that when diagnosed his physical activity and the joy of being physically active is taken away. I as well as so many other hemophiliacs due to negligible awareness and support face the same situation in this region. Parents having no medical assistance are left with no other choice but to stop their child from playing like every other normal kid. Not only this but being physically active is the most essential to a human being especially at an early age to fully develop sensory and social skills.
It is said that the first step towards prevention is awareness. To ensure a better future for hemophiliacs here our chapter HWSK arranged awareness programs in the schools of suffers so that teachers become well informed when handling a hemophilic child.
- HWSK members handed out written materials to schools with visual information about initial preventive care.
- School management was briefed about physical activities other than contact sports that could be beneficial for the physical development of a child.
- Basic information through written materials was also distributed and presented to the students.
- Briefing about initial preventative measures gave the ability to school management to control bleeding till the time medical care is provided to the child.
- Collaboration with sports teachers gave them the opportunity to broaden the sports curriculum so that hemophilic children can exercise physically with minimal chances of injuries.
- Spreading awareness amongst other fellow students gave the opportunity for normal kids to have knowledge about the condition and also build a supportive environment around hemophilic children.