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Reach-the-World Spotlight: Anila Rashid

Friday, July 24, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Luke Blount
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 Ken Friedman and Anila Rashid at
the Blood Center of Wisconsin

The ISTH awarded Reach-the-World Fellowships in March 2015, including one fellowship awarded to Anila Rashid, a hematology instructor at Aga Khan University and Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. With this award, Rashid joined the Blood Center of Wisconsin (BCW) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, to receive training in new and improved laboratory tests for diagnosing bleeding disorders.

According to Rashid, there is a lack of advanced diagnostic methods to investigate bleeding disorders in Pakistan. She applied for the fellowship in order to learn the newest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

"This training will help me to completely resolve the diagnostic issues encountered during evaluation of these patients and the acquisition of these skills will improve therapeutic management resulting in better patient care and genetic counseling," Rashid said before her training. 

Rashid recently completed her seven-week fellowship and was happy to report the success of the training. She said she hopes to spread her knew knowledge to others in her home country.

"This training will help to resolve the diagnostic issues encountered during evaluation of von Willebrand disease qualitative defect, platelet function defect and congenital neonatal allo-immune thrombocytopenia/neutropenia," she said. "The acquisition of these skills and the existing facilities will help improve our diagnostic facilities resulting in better patient care and genetic counseling. Being a university hospital, these skills will also be passed on to other centers in Pakistan thus improving these facilities nationally. The laboratory can also be a reference laboratory for the region providing diagnostic facilities for these specialized tests."

>> Learn more about our Reach-the-World Fellowships

The ISTH Reach-the-World Fellowship Program is supported thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer.

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