What is Thalassemia
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that causes your body to have less hemoglobin than normal. Hemoglobin enables red blood cells to carry oxygen. Thalassemia can cause anemia, leaving you fatigued. A person with thalassemia will have too few red blood cells, low hemoglobin levels, and the red blood cells may be too small. The impact of this disorder can range from mild, to severe, to life-threatening. Around 100,000 newborns are delivered each year with severe forms of thalassemia. It is most common in Mediterranean, South Asian, and African ancestry.
World Thalassemia Day is celebrated every year on May 8th to commemorate Thalassemia victims and to encourage those who struggle to live with the disease.
Main objective of celebrating World Thalassemia Day is to raise awareness on Thalassemia and educate people about it.
As the blood bags are turned upside down to help Thalassemia patients stay alive, many Bollywood celebrities took part in UltaHokeThalassemiaRoke campaign and posted their Upside down pictures on Instagram. Here are pictures posted by some of the Celebrities on their Instagram handle: