Staff Reporter Karachi
Sanofi Pakistan announced that a series of Webinars were held to discuss and debate the unmet needs of patients of rare/genetic disorders.
Participants included Dr. Faisal Sultan (Special Assistant to PM on Health), Dr. Yasmin Rashid (Punjab Health Minister), Prof. Dr. Huma A. Cheema (Prof. of Pediatric Gastroenterology- Hepatology, Genetic & Metabolic Diseases), Atif Ejaz Qureshi (President, Lysosomal Storage Disorders Society) & Khaled Esmat (Medical Head, Asia & Africa Zone, Sanofi Genzyme).
Giving an overview of the burden of rare/ genetic disorder in Pakistan, specifically Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs).
In 2013, Prof Cheema said, “According to a conservative estimate, 50% children in Pakistan die of rare genetic disorders (after malnutrition & diarrhea) – yet there is no policy to safeguard the lives of children living with rare genetic diseases”.
With the assistance of Sanofi Pakistan, The Children’s Hospital (Lahore) has established a central registry to determine disease prevalence.