Prof. Zaigam Abbas
I am humbled and honored to assume the role of President of the Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD). I am deeply grateful to my predecessors for their contributions and leadership. I hope that our mission and efforts will continue to gather momentum in the coming years, so that we remain a leading force in the education, research, ethics, and practice of hepatology, In Sha Allah.
We face a monumental challenge to eliminate endemic hepatitis by the year 2030, the aspirational deadline set by the World Health Organization (WHO). To allow this tangible goal to materialize, we need to make a nationwide, coordinated effort by joining hands with the government and civil society.
The PSSLD has played a key role in the effort to achieve this goal. In addition to observing World Hepatitis Day in different cities of Pakistan, we organized multiple symposia and seminars related to liver disease. Our members were involved in community work to screen and treat hepatitis and prepared proposals to implement the National Hepatitis Control Program. With the Teach Hepatitis Program, which links centers across the country via video conferencing, we imparted up-to-date knowledge to physicians about the management of liver diseases.
Another highlight in 2019 was the organization of a Single Topic Conference (STC) for the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL). The conference was held in December in Islamabad and focused on regional needs. Experts from across the Asia Pacific region deliberated on efforts to combat and eliminate hepatitis. The rising trend of nonalcoholic liver disease and liver cancer are the next challenges facing our hepatology fraternity.
Our multifaceted efforts have a singular aim – to fight liver disease in Pakistan. I look forward to your participation in PSSLD-sponsored activities and initiatives.