Published on : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Kuala Lumpur has once again shown its pedigree when it won the bid to host the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) World Congress in 2020, adding to its list of international events to be held that year.
According to Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the biennial WFH World Congress will generate an estimated RM55 million in economic impact with 4,300 delegates from around the world expected in attendance. Set to be the largest international meeting dedicated to the advancement of treatments to improve the lives of people with genetic bleeding disorders including hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, rare factor deficiencies, and inherited platelet disorders, the WFH World Congress is the most significant international forum that brings together hemophilia organisations and clinicians from around the world to educate on hemophiliacs and advocate improved medical treatment for hemophilia patients.
In Malaysia, the national member organisation of WFH is the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia. In line with MyCEB’s goal of attracting major healthcare conferences to Malaysia, the Congress will see an impressive line-up of speakers comprising leading experts in the field of inherited blood disorders and healthcare officials. The Congress will showcase the latest scientific and clinical developments in research, diagnostics and disease management.
Besides a meeting place for patients with bleeding disorders and their families, the Congress will see a multidisciplinary programme on emerging topics in the inherited bleeding disorders field will also be organised.
Zulkefli Haji Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, said “One of MyCEB’s goals is to make Malaysia the choice destination in business events and meetings for healthcare professionals. As such, we are proud that Kuala Lumpur is given the nod by the World Federation of Hemophilia as the venue for its 2020 World Congress.
“The bidding process was a long and exciting journey for our team who worked closely with the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia to produce the winning submission.”Dato’ Dr Faraizah Dato’ Abd Karim, President of the Hemophilia Society of Malaysia, said that the WFH members impressed by Malaysia’s comprehensive bid to host the event and look forward to bringing the World Congress to Kuala Lumpur in 2020. “Our vision for the year 2020 Congress is ‘treatment for all’, as currently 75% of people with bleeding disorders do not receive adequate treatment. Therefore, the WFH World Congress 2020 is an important global platform for healthcare professionals to meet, discuss and raise awareness on these health disorders,” Dato’ Dr Faraizah added.