Tuesday is World Haemophilia Day and the South African Haemophilia Foundation (SAHF) has arranged events throughout the month to educate the public about the condition.

The theme for this year’s events is “Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger”.

Chairperson of the SAHF in Durban, Wayne Fowles, says this rare condition is often misunderstood.

“It’s a rare bleeding disorder that affects your body’s ability with blood within your body to actually clot properly. It affects one in 10000 people. Haemophilia is a very rare condition. Life expectancy if not treated is between 13-16 years. If you can catch it early enough, there is no reason why the person can’t lead a normal life and contribute to society.”