TIF provides expert support to Pakistan
Pakistan is a country where progress is being made in several areas and TIF has been supportive over the last 2-3 years. On the main, the ongoing programmes under development are:
- The national standards for blood transfusion services, which are under the direction of Prof Hassan Zaheer, assisted by consultants from Germany.
- A national policy for thalassaemia control, both for prevention and clinical services. This plan is also under federal government auspices and spearheaded by Prof Zaheer and Dr Adil Akhter, but also actively supported by the Bait-Ul Mal Foundation and its Managing Director Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh.
- Regional prevention programmes, supported by regional governments and the Pakistan Thalassaemia Federation.
TIF wishing to support and promote this effort has invited the main actors of these efforts to visit TIF offices in Cyprus for a two-day discussion on all issues of developing a national policy, and offer its help where requested.
This meeting took place on the 25th and 26th of April 2018.
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Agenda of the TIF-Pakistan Consultation Meeting 2018
The agenda of the meeting aimed to provide information along key areas of importance to policy-making and allow for the drafting of a comprehensive one along the characteristics and needs of thalassaemia in Pakistan
• Thalassaemia in Pakistan: TIF’s perspective – M. Angastiniotis
• Current situation in Pakistan for clinical care & prevention in each province – A. Akhter
• Global Programmes for the Control of Haemoglobin Disorders – A. Eleftheriou
• Provision of Clinical Management services for Thalassaemia in Cyprus – S. Christou
• Blood Services for Thalassaemia Patients in Cyprus – C. Stylianou
• Screening & Diagnosis Reference Laboratory – M. Angastiniotis
• Multidisciplinary care of Thalassaemia in Cyprus – K. Simamonian
• Involvement of National Thalassaemia Association in the development and continuation of the Programme – M. Miltiadous
• The patient’s view of services in Pakistan – J. Kewlani
• The role of well-structured public health services in delivering quality services for a chronic disease – A. Polynikis
The meeting ended with the development of a draft “Proposal for Developing a National Policy on Thalassaemia in Pakistan” which is to be further discussed with country officials and local organisations prior to its finalisation and submission to the national health authorities.