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 MYR55 million in economic impact with about 4,300 delegates from over 125 countries in attendance.
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 the entire global bleeding disorders community.
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 bleeding disorders and healthcare officials. The Congress will showcase the latest scientific and clinical developments in research, diagnostics and disease management.
Being at the same time a meeting place for patients with bleeding disorders and their families, the Congress presents also a multidisciplinary program on emerging topics in the inherited bleeding disorders field.
Zulkefli Haji Sharif, CEO of MyCEB, 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 were 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 2020 World Congress is an important global platform for healthcare professionals to meet, discuss and raise awareness on these health disorders,” Dato’ Dr Faraizah added.