The Thalassemia International Federation: a global public health paradigm

  • Elpidoforos S. Soteriades | esoteria@hsph.harvard.edu Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Cyprus Institute of Biomedical Sciences (CIBS), Nicosia, Cyprus; Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology (EOME), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, .
  • David Weatherall Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Many international organizations are struggling today to coordinate limited economic and human resources in support of governments’ efforts to advance public health around the world. The United Nations and the World Health Organization, along with others play a pivotal role in this global effort. Furthermore, during the past few decades an increasingly higher percentage of global efforts on public health are carried out by specific health initiatives, international projects and non-governmental patient-oriented organizations. The Thalassemia International Federation (TIF) is one such organization focusing on the control of thalassemia around the world. The current paper aims at presenting a comprehensive overview of the mission, goals, objectives and activities of this organization. Our ultimate goal is to highlight TIF’s public health paradigm and diffuse its success at an international levels for others to follow. TIF is devoted to disseminating information, knowledge, experience and best practices around the world to empower patients with thalassemia and their relatives, support health professionals providing care to such patients and promote national and international policies, which secure equal access to quality care for all patients with thalassemia.

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Author Biography

Elpidoforos S. Soteriades, Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Cyprus Institute of Biomedical Sciences (CIBS), Nicosia, Cyprus; Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology (EOME), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
Occupational Medicine Physician - Epidemiologist
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2014-09-29
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TIF's role in promoting global control of hemoglobinopathies
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Keywords:
epidemiology, thalassemia, TIF, public health, global health.
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How to Cite
Soteriades, E., & Weatherall, D. (2014). The Thalassemia International Federation: a global public health paradigm. Thalassemia Reports, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/thal.2014.1840