CHAPEL HILL, NC, USA – October 8, 2021 — The World Thrombosis Day campaign, led by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), today announced that Sanofi, a global biopharmaceutical company, has sponsored the campaign as a Champion of the campaign’s global awareness initiative to reduce death and disability caused by thrombosis, also known as blood clots. Observed on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day, mobilizes 3,000 partner organizations to hold more than 10,000 awareness events worldwide each year. Last year alone, the campaign reached an estimated 5.2 billion people globally in an effort to shine a spotlight on the burden of this condition.
“We are delighted to welcome Sanofi to the campaign as a Champion sponsor,” said Beverley Hunt, OBE, Chair of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. “Sanofi’s sponsorship is critical to our efforts in raising awareness of thrombosis as well as shinning a spotlight on the delivery of care which is vital to patients worldwide.”
One in four deaths worldwide is related to thrombosis, highlighting the urgent need for awareness and patient empowerment to ask for a risk assessment.1,2 With the tagline, Know Thrombosis, the campaign encourages the general public, healthcare professionals, and key decision makers to know and take action on the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of the condition.
“We are proud to support the World Thrombosis Day Campaign and help raise awareness about the risks associated with thrombosis,” said Vanessa Wolfeler, Global Head of Rare Blood Disorders at Sanofi. “Knowing the signs and symptoms of thrombosis empowers patients and is helpful in accessing quick and appropriate treatment.”
Sanofi is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health with more than 100,000 people in 100 countries.
To learn more and support World Thrombosis Day, visit www.worldthrombosisday.org.
- Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, “Thrombosis: A Major Contributor to the Global Disease Burden.” www.worldthrombosisday.org/issue/global-burden-vte/
- World Health Organization (WHO), “65th World Health Assembly Closes with New Global Health Measures,” (2012). www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2012/wha65_closes_20120526/en/
About World Thrombosis Day
Launched in 2014 and held annually on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) aims to increase public, healthcare professional and health care systems’ awareness of thrombosis and, ultimately, to reduce deaths and disabilities from thromboembolic disease through a greater awareness of its causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and evidence-based prevention and treatment. Our mission supports the World Health Assembly’s global target of reducing premature deaths by non-communicable disease by 25 percent by 2025, as well as the World Health Organization’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019–2023, the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs and the Political Declaration of UNGA’ Third High-level Meeting on NCDs. Visit www.worldthrombosisday.org for more information and to get involved.
About the ISTH
Founded in 1969, the ISTH is the leading worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. ISTH is an international professional membership organization with more than 7,500 clinicians, researchers and educators working together to improve the lives of patients in more than 120 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs, research activities, meetings and congresses, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees and World Thrombosis Day on 13 October. Visit ISTH online at www.isth.org.
Louise St. Germain, Director of Marketing & Membership
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis