J Haem Pract 2014; 1(3):J Haem Pract 2014; 1(3): 24-26. doi: 10.17225/jhp00033

Authors: Chris Harrington, Anne-Louise Cruickshank

Chris Harrington
Formerly Nurse Consultant
Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre & Thrombosis Unit, the Royal Free Hospital, Ground floor, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK. Email:

Anne-Louise Cruickshank
Haemophilia Nurse Coordinator
University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa.


Haemophilia care in South Africa faces a number of challenges and nurses can play a significant role in addressing these and raising standards of practice. This report considers those challenges and steps taken by the country as it has attempted to meet them. It also summarises the key themes that arose from a nursing workshop held in November 2013 as part of a MASAC symposium and facilitated by the authors.


The authors wish to thank Anne Gillham, Alice Banze and Jill Smith for reviewing this article – and for their commitment to developing haemophilia nursing in South Africa.


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