Bone Marrow Transplant

Bone Marrow Transplants: Possibilities for Pakistanis

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Ammara Farooq Malik A few Pakistanis have ventured for the treatment of their loved ones to Italy: a country once known for it’s high number of thalassemia patients. Yet, not many know about this possibility. Bone Marrow Transplant facilities are still in their infant stages in Karachi and Islamabad and virtually non existent in Lahore. Several complicated cases are refused treatment in Pakistan or referred abroad. The… Read More »Bone Marrow Transplants: Possibilities for Pakistanis

Thalassemia Awareness Campaign launched

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THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE > PAKISTAN > PUNJAB SHARETWEET Published: March 17, 2011TWEETEMAIL Many components of blood go to waste if not separated and stored properly. LAHORE: “We appeal to the health secretary and the chief minister to make blood screening for Thalassemia mandatory before marriage and also include it in the Punjab Healthcare Bill,” said Ammara Farooq Malik, the SEPLAA Foundation president. She was talking to the reporters at the… Read More »Thalassemia Awareness Campaign launched

City to get a bone marrow transplant facility

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THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE > PAKISTAN > PUNJAB City to get a bone marrow transplant facility By Sher KhanPublished: February 12, 2011TWEETEMAIL Daughter’s ordeal inspires a mother. LAHORE: The city will soon get a bone marrow transplant centre of its own, the very first in the province. Maybe as early as September, if things go according to plans. The Seeds of Education, Policy and Legal Awareness (SEPLAA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), recently… Read More »City to get a bone marrow transplant facility

SEPLAA’s plan to start first Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in Lahore.

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The following write up is from the SEPLAA Foundation website from 2011. The SEPLAA Foundation has embarked on the much needed journey to set up the first Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in Punjab. The drive for the centre was initiated by the Founder of the SEPLAA Foundation, Mrs. Ammara Farooq Malik and is now also flanked by Dr. Marco Zecca of Hospital San Matteo (Italy), Dr. Omer Chughtai (Chughtai’s Lahore Lab) and Dr. Tahir Shamsi (NIBD, Karachi).… Read More »SEPLAA’s plan to start first Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in Lahore.

Interview of Dr. Marco Zecca, Director of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy.

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by Ammara Farooq Malik, Founder,  SEPLAA Foundation. It was very fortunate for me to be able to meet the man who helped save my daughter’s life in a face to face informal sitting, in Pavia (Italy). Doctors truly do wonders. But what these special doctors do is give a new life to the most destitute of patients: patients with acute leukemia and genetic blood disorders… Read More »Interview of Dr. Marco Zecca, Director of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy.

Health Advocacy through SEPLAA from Jan- April 2010

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The News covers SEPLAA Events, February 2010 The News covers SEPLAA’s Launch of website and Drive 150,000 thalassemia cases in Pakistan     The News Sunday, February 14, 2010By Our CorrespondentLAHORETHERE are over 150,000 thalassemia major cases in Pakistan and the number is growing.“If two thalassemia minor carriers got married then their children could be born with thalassemia major. Therefore, it is of paramount importance… Read More »Health Advocacy through SEPLAA from Jan- April 2010

Profile of Dr. Marco Zecca

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Dr. Marco Zecca is the Director of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy. This department specializes in the treatment of children effected by hematological pathologies, both malignant and non malignant. This Unit has performed the largest number of allografts for pediatric patients in Italy and represents one of the most active and experienced Institutions in the field of… Read More »Profile of Dr. Marco Zecca

150,000 thalassemia cases in Pakistan

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LAHORE Published in The News here, 14th Feb. 2010. THERE are over 150,000 thalassemia major cases in Pakistan and the number is growing.  “If two thalassemia minor carriers got married then their children could be born with thalassemia major. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to conduct compulsory blood screening before marriage as one of the basic preventive care,” said Ammara Farooq Malik, President of… Read More »150,000 thalassemia cases in Pakistan

Informal Talk on the Awareness Drive ‘Save a life, save a generation’

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First published here, in Feb. 2010. Lahore- The Seeds of Education, Policy & Legal Awareness Association held an informal talk on their recently launched Awareness Drive ‘Save a life, save a generation’. Speaking on the occasion, the President of SEPLAA Mrs. Ammara Farooq Malik explained that the issue of compulsory blood screening before marriage is one of the basic preventive care that parents to be… Read More »Informal Talk on the Awareness Drive ‘Save a life, save a generation’

Marriage with strings attached

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The following article was the first advocacy article written by Ammara Farooq Malik and published in The News on Sunday on 24th November, 2009. Ammara Farooq Malik Six and a half years ago, if some one had asked me what a blood disorder was, I would have definitely shown my ignorance. My family had no history of blood disorders and so I could not have… Read More »Marriage with strings attached