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The Emirates Thalassaemia Society are planning a series of awareness building activities as they are concerned Thalassaemia patients in the UAE are facing discrimination by employers, Gulf News has reported. "They find it difficult to get jobs. It's a huge social problem," said Abdul Baset Mohammad Merdas, president of the society. Thalassaemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen, resulting in excessive destruction of red blood cells leading to anaemia.