Prof. Masood Siddiq
It is indeed a pleasure to share with you the progress which Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD) has made in the past more than 13 years.
The society was founded by a small group of dedicated professionals in 2006, with a very clear objective to create awareness among health care workers, and to sensitize them to the burden of liver disease and its implications. For this purpose regular scientific meetings have been held across Pakistan. With the untiring efforts of the steering committee the society has been able to host two Single Topic Conferences (STCs) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) in 2009 and 2014, and a third is planned for this year; has had joint meetings with the South Asian Association for the Study of the Liver (SAASL) in 2016; the Chinese Society of Hepatology (CSH) in 2016 and 2017; and International Liver Foundation (ILF) which is part of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) in 2017. Additionally, our society was invited to partake in the proceedings in by CSH in Xiamen and SAASL in Nepal, both in 2018.
Several national meetings have been held under the banner of PSSLD in different cities of Pakistan such as Islamabad, Hyderabad, Multan, Nawabshah, Larkana, Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, and Muzaffarabad (Azad Kashmir), etc. These meetings were attended by a large number of delegates from all over the country, and we have hosted speakers from UK, USA, Italy, Japan, Turkey, China, Sri Lanka, Korea, India, Bangla Desh, and Nepal.
‘Teach-Pak Program’ is another feather in the cap, under which several workshops were held in different centers of the country and in Kabul. We have been running this 6-week program for teaching and training of GPs and budding gastroenterologists and basically focus on the epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and management of chronic hepatitis.
I am extremely grateful to my predecessors and all the office bearers of the PSSLD for their trust and confidence in me. It was their support that has enabled me to keep pace with the exhaustive speed with which the first two presidents nurtured and expanded this society and to keep the momentum going.
Looking forward to your active participation and contributions in the affairs of the Society.