World Thrombosis Day

Congratulations to the World Thrombosis Day 2018 Ambassador of the Year

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) is pleased to announce that Christine Ashimwe from Kigali, Rwanda has been named the World Thrombosis Day 2018 Thrombosis Ambassador of the Year.

This prestigious recognition highlights Ashimwe's drive to achieve the mission of the World Thrombosis Day campaign and motivate others within thrombosis advocacy programs in Rwanda and around the world by exhibiting innovative approaches to raise awareness and accomplish advocacy goals.

The ISTH launched the World Thrombosis Day Ambassador of the Year program to recognize a passionate ambassador who is dedicated to building awareness about thrombosis in his/her community, region, country, and/or globally. Ashimwe was selected following a competitive review process of more than 120 global nominations.

Ashimwe is the Founder and Executive Director of the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network, an organization of nearly 100 patients, advocates, researchers and healthcare professionals in Rwanda dedicated to increasing public awareness and education about thrombosis.

Ashimwe was inspired to start the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network after personally suffering a venous thromboembolism (VTE) in 2015, followed by multiple recurring blood clots. Click here to read Ashimwe's blood clot survival story and how she launched the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network.

"I knew nothing about blood clots prior to my diagnosis, which is why I am so passionate about educating others about the risk factors, signs and symptoms of the condition," Ashimwe said. "I am proud to serve as the World Thrombosis Day 2018 Ambassador of the Year and look forward to leveraging this platform to expand awareness and share my story to inspire and motivate others."

In recognition of her role as the 2018 Thrombosis Ambassador of the Year, Ashimwe will serve as a panelist during the World Thrombosis Day session at the ISTH 2019 Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Additionally, the ISTH will make a donation of $5,000 USD to the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network.

Under Ashimwe's leadership, the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network hosts a variety of educational and community-building thrombosis awareness activities throughout Rwanda, including:

  • Multiple awareness activities the week of World Thrombosis Day such as educational symposiums, press conferences, visiting thrombosis patients in the hospital, awareness walks, and education programs for healthcare professionals
  • Networking dinners for Rwanda Clot Awareness Network members and partners
  • Monthly community cleaning and talks with local communities
  • Participation in "Car Free Days" organized by the Rwandan Ministry of Health and City of Kigali to promote Keep Life Flowing

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