27 September 2016

ISTH Welcomes Roche Diagnostics as a Global Partner for World Thrombosis Day Campaign

Roche Diagnostics, a leader in research-focused in vitro diagnostics solutions, today announced its support as an official Global Partner for World Thrombosis Day, a campaign of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).

A year-long campaign recognized on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood condition of thrombosis. With thousands of educational events in more than 80 countries around the world, World Thrombosis Day and its partners place a global spotlight on thrombosis as an urgent and growing health problem. Together, the collaboration aims to reduce death and disability caused by thrombosis.

“With one in four people worldwide dying of conditions caused by thrombosis, Roche Diagnostics is proud to pledge its support to the World Thrombosis Day campaign,” said Jean-Claude Gottraux, Head of Centralised and Point of Care Solutions at Roche Diagnostics. “The campaign’s commitment to raising global awareness of thrombosis, specifically venous thromboembolism and stroke, as well as improving patient outcomes, closely aligns with our strong commitment to developing healthcare solutions to improve patient’s lives. We are excited to partner with the campaign to increase public and health professionals’ awareness of potentially deadly condition.”

In its third year, the World Thrombosis Day campaign seeks to ensure citizens of the world “Know Thrombosis” and understand the steps to take to “Keep Life Flowing.” Based on a global survey conducted in nine countries among men and women, too few people know about thrombosis, specifically blood clots in the leg (deep vein thrombosis) and lungs (pulmonary embolism) and their life-threatening consequences. The campaign urges people to: 1) Know the risk factors; 2) Know the signs and symptoms; 3) Be proactive and talk to a health care professional about risk and prevention of blood clots, especially if admitted to the hospital or having surgery.
“We are honored to welcome Roche as an official Global Partner of the campaign,” said Dr. Gary Raskob, dean of the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and chairman of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. “We are excited to work together to increase awareness at all levels – personal, health care systems, providers, and policy makers – to collectively encourage prevention and to continue addressing thrombosis as an urgent and growing health problem.”   

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