EILF delegates, Professor Massimo Colombo (EILF Chairman of the Board), Professor Mark Thursz (EILF Board Member), and Professor Mario Mondelli have recently returned from a productive trip to Pakistan.
EILF and Aga Khan University jointly held a one-day workshop in Karachi, bringing together EILF delegation, local experts, Sindh government officials, and Sindh healthcare providers, including local non-governmental organisations with the aim of tackling the hepatitis C epidemic in the province of Sindh. This meeting generated a call to action and together and spurred the development of viral hepatitis micro-elimination programs targeting high-risk populations in the province of Sindh, which alone has a population of over 100 million people.
The EILF delegation then participated in the Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD) annual meeting in Islamabad on the theme of Integrating Science into Clinical Practice. This meeting provided a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and experiences between local and international experts in the field of Hepatology. During the PSSLD meeting, the EILF delegation participated in a public policy forum on viral hepatitis elimination with the Pakistan Federal Government, industry and non-governmental organisations and provided state of the art presentations on hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HCC and NASH.