International Thalassaemia Day 2017

In time-honoured tradition, the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) is organising many diverse activities for the International Thalassaemia Day in 2017. Celebrated on the 8th of May every year, these activities aim to sensitise the decision and policy makers and the health and patient committees at large on thalassaemia: How to prevent, treat and cure in a patient-centred manner.

This year we are delighted to invite participants of all ages and from all countries to participate in the following events:
• Photography contest
• Video challenge and
• Story competition (launched this year for the first time).

The theme of all three competitions this year is:


Let us get an overwhelming number of experiences through stories, videos and photographs. Our target for this year is 2000 pictures, 25 videos and 260 stories.
By sending your photographs, videos and/or stories, you are participating in the long-standing efforts of TIF to spread awareness on thalassaemia. The authenticity and emotion in your photographs, stories and/or videos will highlight the experience of surviving with thalassaemia and reach more and more audiences every day. TIF will use some of this imagery during its non-profit dissemination activities. Click here to see the full terms and conditions of all three TIF’s contests.

Photography Contest
TIF invites participants of all ages and from all countries to join this contest with topics that are relevant to the theme for the International Thalassaemia Day 2017.
Last year, more than 120 patients and families participated in the photography and video competition using their impressive imagery to spread a positive, hopeful, and inspiring message for life with thalassaemia.
Click here to view photographs from our past photography contests:

International Video Challenge 2017
Video challenge is one of TIF’s most powerful projects, aiming to connect thalassaemia patients around the world and encourage them to share important moments and experiences with each other and the world.
See very interesting videos from previous competitions at:

International Story Competition 2017
Engage us with a written story about you or your family to help us see life from your point of view. A single story can constitute a huge pillar of support to others.

Prizes & Awards
As always, the Thalassaemia International Federation rewards participation in the aforementioned activities. This year, TIF grants the following prizes:

For the first winner – $ 500,
For the second winner – $ 300
For the third winner – $ 100

The deadline for the competitions is Tuesday, 23 April 2017.


For further information or clarifications, please contact Ms Victoria Antoniadou, TIF Educational Scientist by email at or by phone at 003 57 22 319129.

Previous International Thalassaemia Day celebrations and events

Download terms and conditions here