In the 1980s, approximately 90% of patients with severe hemophilia were infected with HIV, and almost all patients with hemophilia, who used factor products before 1988, were infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Blood-borne infections were a major complication of treatment for people living with hemophilia.
At the time, factor products were manufactured using large plasma donor pools, and the process lacked specific tests for infectious agents. This tragedy resulted in the loss of many thousands of lives and the need to change the manufacturing and screening processes. In 1994, Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) was incorporated and began working as a voice and advocate for the bleeding disorders patient and caregiver community.
Who we serve
We are a community-based, patient-centered organization and are committed to championing the needs of families living with debilitating bleeding disorders. We advocate for safe and effective therapies and quality, affordable health coverage. Ultimately, we seek a better quality of life for all persons with bleeding disorders.
What we do
We work in conjunction with other national and state organizations on behalf of families living with bleeding disorders. Our officers and staff maintain a highly visible presence on Capitol Hill and speak regularly before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other key agencies.
We are committed to community education and provide tools and resources for patients to find local and financial assistance for their care.
HFA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and partners with over 50 state and local community-based affiliated organizations made up of men, women, children, moms, dads, siblings, grandparents and friends impacted by a bleeding disorder. Additionally, we work with healthcare providers, therapy providers, specialty pharmacies, donors, and insurers, who play a significant role in patients’ and caregivers’ lives.
- Provide LEADERSHIP in monitoring, evaluating, and responding to the actions of government, the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, and health care providers
- Champion the ongoing ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY of community, government, the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, and health care providers.
- Improve AWARENESS AND EDUCATION of bleeding disorders and related medical conditions.
- PROMOTE AND ENSURE a safe blood supply and other therapies/treatments for bleeding disorders and other related medical conditions.
- Advance community and public DIALOGUE AND ACTION regarding the needs of people with bleeding disorders.
- Foster active COLLABORATION with other organizations that share similar goals.
- Deliver QUALITY PROGRAMS directly through its members.We advocate for safe and effective therapies and quality, affordable health coverage.