Dear APPNA Member,
Let me begin by wishing you a very happy New Year. May 2018 be a happy and prosperous year for you and your loved ones. My tenure as President APPNA will end on December 31st, and I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to APPNA members for giving me the opportunity to serve APPNA at the highest capacity. I have been communicating with all of you on a monthly basis and have tried to keep you apprised of everything that happens in APPNA, because your involvement in affairs of APPNA makes it a stronger institution.
I just returned from a visit to Pakistan which included APPNA winter meeting in Lahore, extended meeting at NUMS, Rawalpindi and visits to Edhi Foundation hospital in Lyari, Karachi, as well as a visit to desert villages of Sahral Teekan Jo Paro, Diplo, in Tharparkar, Sindh.
The winter meeting went very well with a 3 day ACP endorsed CME in Lahore, and a wonderful welcome dinner by AIMC. The tour of the walled city got high praise from APPNA members. The meeting concluded with a traditional APPNA banquet in Lahore. Governor of Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana was our chief guest and President CPSP Prof. Zafarullah Chaudhry was the keynote speaker but we were also honored by the presence of surgeons from Pakistan who have been conducting Cleft Lip/Palate and Cornea Transplant surgeries for poor patients in Pakistan. APPNA Social Welfare Committee has been raising funds for these surgeries which were done by surgeons in Pakistan. 100 Cleft Lip/Palate and 340 Cornea transplant surgeries have been done in 2017. It was a distinct privilege to meet with and recognize local Surgeons for their services for humanity.
APPNA has also signed an MOU with NUMS for exchange of scientific education in Neurology and Psychiatry initially, with a plan to expand the collaboration to other specialties. Another MOU was signed with CPSP to improve the training of post-graduate fellows in Pakistan. APPNA also has had the pleasure to support MOU between APCNA and Punjab Institute of Cardiology for transfer and exchange of education and expertise in the specialty of Cardiology.
My visit to Thar's desert village of Teekan Jo Paro, Diplo was a wonderful and heartwarming trip which included inauguration of wells for clean water in an area which otherwise has no access to clean drinking water. The delight and happiness on faces of local folks as the well was operated was a moving sight to behold. I have uploaded some pictures and video on APPNA's face book page.
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Last stop before I left Pakistan was in Lyari, Karachi where Edhi Foundation is renovating a hospital for poor patients. APPNA will be funding their outpatient department with a donation of $50,000. It was a distinct pleasure to meet with Mr. Faisal Edhi, who needs all our support and help in this venture.
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Last but surely not the least, I want to share that APPNA has purchased two State of the Art Mobile health units in USA. These units will be used for providing health services by our members as well as used in time of disaster relief. I am delighted to share some pictures.
I am grateful to my team of Chairs, Co-Chairs and Committee members who have worked tirelessly throughout the year. Office staff including Jennifer Wozniak, Nic Suh, Karolina Strack has been most efficient and worked hard to conduct APPNA's work in a timely manner. I also want to appreciate Mr. Tipu Ahmad and Laiq Siddiqui for their expertise and help through the year.
Thank you for entrusting me with your confidence and an opportunity to make a difference in APPNA. I hope to continue working for APPNA in future as well.
Sajid Chaudhary, MD
APPNA President, 2017