A delegation visit was conducted between the 6th and 7th of November 2015, in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. TIF was represented by Mr Panos Englezos, TIF President, Dr Androulla Eleftheriou, TIF Executive Director and Dr Michael Angastiniotis, TIF medical advisor.
The main aim of the delegation visit was to address the need for adopting national guidelines for the clinical management of thalassaemia since currently there are differences in the level of care in various regions of the country.
Furthermore, TIF in collaboration with the Saudi Thalassaemia Friends' Society, coorganized a workshop, entitled Moving Forward in Saudi Arabia: Status of Health care Services and beyond which took place in Jeddah, on 7 November 2015
This has been a very significant effort of TIF which aims to continue the extremely valuable work directed at improving the situation regarding thalassaemia in KSA. There is potential for a follow-up visit in 2016 will be consolidated after this delegation visit. The creation of reference and the development of multidisciplinary care across the country are among our priorities.