The Indo-US bilateral workshop on thalassemia and sickle cell disease was inaugurated atthe PGIMER on Saturday.
Former PGI director K K Talwar stressed the need for collaborative efforts to contain these blood disorders that are common in India.
Dr Bertram Lubin, CEO and president, Children’s Hospital Oakland, and the founder of the Oakland Children’s Hospital Research Institute drew comparisons with thalassemia programmes worldwide and lauded India’s efforts at successful management of these illnesses.
The workshop has been organised by the department of hematology, PGI. “Various aspects of thalassemia and sickle cell disease diagnosis and patient care were discussed with Dr Shrey Desai from SEWA organisation in Baroda narrating his team’s experiences at the grassroots. There will also be a joint session on Sunday evening with the Thalassemia Children Welfare Association members and the families of affected persons,” said a statement.