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P126/295  Transformative progress: the development of neuro-intervention in pakistan and its trailblazers
  1. Saima Ahmad
  1. Pakistan Institute of NeurSciences , Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Lahore, Pakistan


Introduction International healthcare professionals, neuro-interventional organisation, mentoring programmes, and social media platforms have all contributed to the development of neuro-intervention in Pakistan.

Aim of Study International healthcare professionals are instrumental in developing neuro intervention as a specialty in Pakistan.

Methods College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), leading government healthcare centre responsible for medical development in Pakistan, does not have a fellowship programme for neuro-intervention. Pakistani foreign healthcare specialists and neuro-interventional societies have played a critical role in developing foundational initiatives. MENA-SINO Society has created a neuroendovascular diploma for LMICs, workshops and online webinars to assist local physicians in gaining the skills required for complex neuro-interventional procedures. ESMINT has introduced the EXMINT Stroke diploma, with seven Pakistani participants this year.

Social media has become an important tool for neuro-intervention in Pakistan, with platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter playing a major role.

Results International healthcare specialists have pledged to support the expansion of neuro-intervention in Pakistan, offering mentorship, remote consulting, and support. Examples include Prof Adnan Siddiqui of Toshiba Health Care Centre, Prof Ashfaq Shuaib of Alberta Stroke School, and Prof Adnan Qureshi of Missouri University. This has enabled Pakistani interventionists to participate in direct observership programmes in the US.

Collaboration projects with foreign societies, such as MT2020 – Mission Thrombectomy, have been critical in boosting neuro-intervention in Pakistan, leading to the construction of stroke facilities and the propagation of MT awareness.

Conclusion International healthcare specialists have improved patient outcomes and established Pakistan as a regional hub for neuro-intervention.

Disclosure of Interest No Conflict of Interest

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