Thalassaemia conference concludes successfully

Sanzida Zaman
Bangladesh Thalassaemia Samity and Hospital ( BTS) in collaboration with Youth Club of Bangladesh (YCB) organized a daylong conference titled ‘Thalassaemia : Treatment and Beyond’ at Milton Conferrence Hall , Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital on Saturday.
Prominent doctors and social activists of health volunteerism will make valuable presentation on Thalassaemia.
Prof. Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan, Vice Chancellor , BSMMU joined in the conference as Chief Guest at opening ceremony.
National Professor and Advisor of Bangladesh Thalassaemia Samity, Prof. M R Khan, among other prominent doctors and professionals appeared as guests on the day.
The conference was designed as three session named, ‘Supportive Treatment’, led by Prof. Dr. Abid Hossain Mollah, Dept of Neonatology, DMCH, ‘Curative Treatment’, led by Prof. M A Khan Dept of Haematology and ‘Thalassaemia prevention’ led by Prof. Afiqul Islam , Chairman , Dept of Paediatrics Haematology and Oncology, BSMMU , Prof. Khairul Amin , Dept of Pediatrics AKMMC and Prof M R Khan will present their papers in the closing ceremony.
Global Vice President and Country Director of The Hunger Project, Bodiul Alam Majumder, British Council Head of Society, Saayed Masud Hossain , Youth Club of Bangladesh Advisor, Md Hasan Abdullah Towhid attended the conference.
A number of 250 participants including doctors, Interns, medical students, social activists, and patients participated.
Along with technical sessions, there were other sessions too like blood donation and free blood grouping campaign, photo exhibition, quiz competition, signature campaign, counseling, and carrier detection etc.
Thalassamia is the name of a group of genetic inherited disorder of blood. More specifically it is a disorder of hemoglobin molecule inside the red blood cells. It is an inherited genetic disease which passed from parents to children through the genes.
A conservative World Health report estimates that 10-12% people are carrier of Thalassaemia . As there is 4% are beta-thalassaemia carrier & 6% are carrier of Haemoglobin E-Trait. Therefore more than 15 million are Thalassaemia carrier. Concern is increasing that thalassaemia may become a very serious problem in the next 50 years. In Bangladesh no definite data regarding the carrier status of heredity hemoglobin disorders exist. To make people aware of this killer disease and to disseminate information on the latest treatment available in the country and abroad, the conference will so far be a milestone in the ongoing movement against Thalassaemia.  Edited by Rakibul Hasan (, feature sub-editor of The Bangladesh Today
The author is General Secretary of Youth Club of Bangladesh (YCB). She can be reached at