The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan started a Days for Girls team in 2015 called the YpsilantiMI Team. HFM’s DFG team mission is to equip women and girls in bleeding disorder communities around the world to manage their menstrual health, leading to freedom and independence.
As HFM began looking for international bleeding disorder community partners to send DFG menstrual hygiene kits to, we asked Save One Life if they would be willing to deliver them during their trips to work with their program partners. They were more than willing to deliver kits and developing a partnership was a natural progression.
Save One Life consistently strives to find ways to identify unmet needs in the bleeding disorders community in developing countries. Their focus has been to discover methods to use social and economic programs to address the compounded challenges of living with a bleeding disorder and in poverty. Throughout their travels and discussions with program partners and community members around the world, Save One Life recognized that women and girls with bleeding disorders are often untreated, undiagnosed and neglected in health care systems.
As HFM and Save One Life build this partnership and program to provide menstrual kits, we also aim to expand our educational efforts to highlight the specific challenges and needs associated with women and girls with bleeding disorders. Our hope is to increase the number of women and girls that are educated, diagnosed, and receiving proper care for their bleeding disorder. Through education and empowerment these women and girls can become advocates for increased awareness about bleeding disorders within their families and communities.