We have already run 19 training sessions at district hospital which mean that the 343 healthcare professional who took part now know how to spot someone who might have a bleeding disorder and how to refer them.
The posters highlight the following symptoms,
- Excess bleeding after trauma, a procedure, or childbirth.
- Headaches combined with facial, arm or leg weakness in someone who has significant bruising.
- Nose bleeds.
- Swollen joints or muscles; red, painful, immobile, hot to touch.
- Bruising and iron deficiency.
- Blood in urine or bowel movements.
- Heavy bleeding at menstruation.
The posters advise anyone who thinks they have a bleeding disorder or have a patient with a suspected bleeding disorder to get in touch with SHAD for more information.
People are also advised that they can contact Dr Y Miombe directly,
Mobile/SMS. 0994969108 (SMS preferred)
SMS/Whatsapp. 0881405108 (Whatsapp preferred)
This part of our work to improve the number of people diagnosed with bleeding disorders in Malawi is supported by funding from The Scottish Government.
Chimwemwe Chande is playing a vital role in our work to give people in Malawi the chance of a laboratory diagnosis.
Until recently, it has been very difficult to be sure exactly which condition someone with a suspected bleeding disorder, such as haemophilia, actually has. Without a diagnosis it is difficult to give the right treatment.
Chim has been working with our friends in Haemophilia Scotland and the Novo Nordisk Hemophilia Foundation help make sure more healthcare professionals can spot potential conditions so people can be referred to the new haemophilia clinics which are being set up.
We are really pleased she had the opportunity to travel to the World Federation of Hemophilia conference in Orlando, USA. She is learning about the treatment of bleeding disorders and making sure the rest of the world knows about the work being done in Malawi.
The awareness raising part of the Diagnosis Project we are working on with Haemophilia Scotland got off to a great start with these newspaper adverts.
We hope that they will help more people think about whether they might have an undiagnosed bleeding disorder and get in touch.