News from the Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network

Herat  Lipid Clinic

On Sunday, February 13th, 2022, we celebrated with our colleagues in Herat Regional Hospital, West of Afghanistan the Opening Ceremony of the First Lipid Clinic there (Herat Lipid Clinic) after months of preparations and meetings under extremely difficult circumstances the country was passing in.

Dr. Khalil Ahrari, an eminent cardiologist in Herat Regional Hospital played a pivotal role in finalizing the steps to make this project possible under such very hard conditions.

In the opening ceremony, we explained to our colleagues there everything about Familial hypercholesterolemia (Prevalence, importance of early diagnosis and treatment and how to disseminate knowledge and spread the word to aware both health care professionals and public about this genetic disease which threatens the generations).

Colleagues there expressed their gratitude for the international community to support the (People) of Afghanistan and to help them to save the lives of FH patients in the country.

Sana’a Lipid Clinic

On, Thursday January 20th 2022, we celebrated with our colleagues in Yemen the establishment of the First Adult Lipid Clinic there in Science and Technology University Teaching Hospital in the capital Sana’a, Yemen.

Yemen, is living in very exceptional circumstances since few years with extensive military operations, political instability and great health and economic challenges.

Negotiation and dialogues with colleagues persisted for several months in order to help them to establish a lipid clinic and what the country was passing in of sever challenges made our mission just like who is trying to cross a fire line!

Finally, our colleagues in the Capital Sana’a, Dr. AbdulQawi Al-Mohamadi, Medical Director of the Science and Technology University Teaching Hospital and Dr. Khalid Aladeeb, Consultant Cardiologist in the same Hospital played a pivotal role and made executive steps to implement the project on the ground and make our dream possible.

Islamabad Lipid Clinic

Another success for the international initiative to increase FH awareness launched at January 2021. At January 10th, 2022 we celebrated with our colleagues in Pakistan the establishment of the First Lipid Clinic there which is a Pediatric lipid clinic at Shifa International Hospital, teaching hospital of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University.

Huge efforts were made prior to such achievement across several months of meetings and discussions with the health authorities there. Prof. Fouzia Sadiq at Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University played a pivotal role in this project, Prof. Munier Khan HOD of Pediatrics at Shifa University Teaching Hospital and Dr. Sabeen Khan assisted a lot in accelerating the process.

At the opening ceremony, we talked in details about familial hypercholesterolemia: prevalence, importance of early diagnosis and treatment and how to design strategies that help in decreasing the burden of this genetic disease.

Islamabad Pediatric Lipid Clinic is the fifth one which is established in our international campaign.

Mogadishu Lipid Clinic

As part of our international initiative launched last January 2021 to increase FH awareness in Middle East and Africa, we celebrated with our colleagues in Somalia on Wednesday, November 17 the opening of the first lipid clinic in Somalia “Mogadishu Lipid Clinic” and the African horn after one month of meetings, discussions and negotiations with colleagues there.

Dr. Hassan Mohamed Enow who represented the Somalian Heart Association and Dr. Mohamed Adam, the Director of Fyo specialized hospital in the capital Mogadishu who represented MOH in his country played a pivotal role in providing all facilities to finalize the steps of this very important project.

In the opening ceremony, I talked (on behalf of the international FH community) about Familial hypercholesterolemia (prevalence, diagnosis, treatment and skin manifestations of this genetic disease ) and the role of a lipid clinic in spreading the knowledge to educate both health care professionals and public about FH.

In collaboration with IAS and OSLA, colleagues from Somalia will join the next training course which is held annually in Muscat to improve their skills and knowledge in the field of lipidology and atherosclerosis particularly Familial hypercholesterolemia.

Mogadishu lipid clinic is the fourth clinic outside Iraq established  (Damascus, Amman and Khartoum lipid clinics before)  as part of the international initiative to increase FH awareness in MENA and Africa .

Amman Lipid Clinic

On Thursday September 30, 2021, we established the Amman Lipid Clinic, the first lipid clinic in Jordan, at the Jordanian University Hospital in the capital Amman after hard efforts for around two months of dialogues with our colleagues there.

In the opening ceremony, we talked about the objectives of establishment of a lipid clinic , what is FH and the importance of early detection and proper treatment of this genetic disorder, also we discussed the importance of educating both the public and health care professionals about this disease and designing strategies which can decrease the impact of this genetic disorder by reducing the cardiovascular consequences.

Prof. Akram Al-Salih, an eminent cardiologist at the hospital, played a pivotal role in the preparation for this opening.

Amman lipid clinic is the third lipid clinic in MENA  and Africa  established according to our international initiative which we launched last January to increase FH awareness in MENA and Africa , Before that we established Khartoum lipid clinic in Sudan and Damascus lipid clinic in Syria.

Khartoum Lipid Clinic

On September 24, 2021 , the first lipid clinic was established in Sudan, Khartoum Lipid Clinic.  Two months of dialogue and discussions with our colleagues in Sudan ended with this remarkable achievement.  Despite the very special circumstances the country is passing in, Sudan is the first Arabic country in Africa to establish such clinic.  Khartoum Lipid Clinic is the second in the region after Damascus lipid clinic.

We talked in the opening ceremony about the prevalence and impact of FH and the importance of early diagnosis and proper treatment of these disorders, as well as the importance of awareness for both the public and health care professional.  Launching strategies like pediatric screening is of paramount importance.  Associate professor Ahmed Ali Sulaiman HOD of cardiology at Al-Shaab teaching hospital in Khartoum where the clinic was opened, had a pivotal role in this endeavor.

I shall be personally responsible for guiding young cardiologist to run the clinic, transferring our expertise in Iraq to our colleagues in Sudan.

Damascus Lipid Clinic

First Lipid Clinic in Damascus.  A fruitful collaboration between the International FH community and MOH in Syria resulted in the  establishment of the First Lipid Clinic there. On Sunday, April 11th, 2021, we celebrated the opening of the First Lipid Clinic in Damascus, the capital of the Syrian Arab Republic, a country whose people have been suffering from incredible challenges for many years.

Three years of extremely hard efforts with colleagues there to establish this clinic, in the last three months, we focused more on the support presented to this project from the international FH community.

The clinic was established at the Basil Al-Assad specialized Hospital for cardiovascular medicine and cardiac surgery, the biggest center in the capital Damascus.

Dr. Yasin Bani Marjeh (HOD) of cardiology at the hospital supervised all the steps which proceeded the opening and the two Heroes (Dr. Mohammad Omar and Dr. Rahaf Aboud ) the youngest cardiologists finalized all the work which ended in opening of this clinic.  The last three months were crucial in collaboration between us.

We were discussing the project all that time with our colleagues in Damascus and transferred what we had of expertise from establishment of the Iraqi lipid clinics network to utilize them in copying the project in Syria.

The success story deriving from the educational activities of the IAS and OSLA in the MENA Region continues. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Mutaz Alkhnifsaw and his Iraqi colleagues at the moment 19 Lipid Clinics have been established throughout the country.
Dr. Mutaz Al-khnifsawi, the President of the Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network was invited by the Federal Ministry of Health in Iraq to attend the first meeting between the Network and the Ministry to support the mission of improving health care for FH patients in Iraq and improve the quality of early diagnosis and treatment of this genetic disorder.
The Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network announced the launch of the Iraqi national pediatric FH screening program in collaboration with and under the auspices of the International Atherosclerosis Society in two cities in Iraq , Diwaniya and Al-Samawa) for early diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia in Iraq.

Under the auspices of the International Atherosclerosis Society , the Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network established the first lipid clinic in the Iraqi capital Baghdad: the lipid clinic will provide health care for Familial Hypercholesterolemia patients (Early diagnosis and proper treatment). Dr. Khalid Al-Jumaily the vice-president of the network will run the Clinic in Ibn- Al-Nafees Cardiac Hospital.
The project is sponsored by Al-Mamourah scientific bureau in Iraq.

May I share with you our latest activities in the field of FH detection, awareness and treatment.
In Erbil , the capital of Kurdistan territory in the north of Iraq (400 km to the northeast of the capital Baghdad, We launched the national pediatric FH screening program in collaboration with the health authority in Erbil (Raparin Pediatric Hospital).
Erbil is the third city in Iraq we launched the program in. Assistant professor of pediatrics Dr. Lana Mohammed was nominated to be the project manager there. National Pediatric FH Screening Program is one of the projects established by the Iraqi lipid clinics network.

I am very pleased to inform you that after a year of planning and preparations, the Iraqi lipid clinics network in collaboration with the federal ministry of health in Iraq , under sponsorship of Al-Mamorah scientific bureau, on behalf of the international atherosclerosis society established the 12th lipid clinics in the city of Mosul 480 km to the northeast of the capital Baghdad. This activity included a symposium about FH for the medical staff in Ibn Sina teaching hospital in which the clinics will work Mosul is the second big Iraqi city after the Capital Baghdad in which more than 2 million people live. The clinic will provide health care for familial hypercholesterolemia patients there. Thanks to the great support of the IAS.

The opening ceremony of the 13th Lipid clinic in Najaf city 170 km to the southwest of the capital Baghdad. A lecture was given by Dr. Mohammed Dhamin the manager of the clinic about the prevalence, risk and the importance of early detection and proper treatment of Familial lipid disorders particularly FH.

– NEW EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE “FH AMBASSADOR MISSION”
Dr. Mutaz Al-khnifsawi, president of the Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network, participated recently in a workshop held in Cairo, Egypt. The participants were a group of Egyptian university students, newly graduated males and females, as well as some Iraqis living in Egypt.
The workshop focused on Familial hypercholesterolemia/FH (prevalence, risk, how to diagnose, how to treat, the importance of early detection and cascade screening) is part of the IAS-OSLA campaign, established in Iraq several months ago to raise public awareness about Familial hypercholestrolemia, The presentations by Dr Mutaz used a simplified language to better transfer the messages and included short videos and also photos of FH signs. A stimulating and interactive discussion followed the presentations.
Dr. Mutaz Al-khnifsawi, participated recently in the FH Global Summit in Los Angeles, CA, USA and delivered an FH awareness lecture about the prevalence, risk, importance of early diagnosis and cascade screening for some Iraqis and middle east people living in California, USA in their mosque after the night pray time was given.

– OUR CELEBRATION IN FH AWARENESS DAY
In September 24th 2018, The Iraqi lipid clinics network celebrated the FH awareness day in which a sample from the Iraqi people in Al-Diwaniya city 200 km to the South of the Capital Baghdad include various layers of the community (Solider, Engineer, University Students, Journalists, Doctor and Pharmacist, Nursing Staff, Educational Staff in Schools, University Professors) met together to listen to our talk about FH (Prevalence, risk, signs of the disease, the importance of early diagnosis and cascade screening of the family) in a simplified native language that included photos and short videos illustrating the impact of the problem.
This event was followed by Radio broadcast in the local radio station of the city that was published on social media which talk to the whole Iraqi people about FH.
Dr Mutaz Al-khnifsawi, President of the Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network and Dr Mohammed Asamawa, Secretary of the Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network have been very active in rising awareness on familial lipid disorders among the Iraqi medical community and the population.

– NEWS FROM OSLA

For more information please contact:

Dr. Mutaz Alkhnifsawi
President
Iraqi Lipid Clinics Network
Preventive Cardiologist ( M.Sc. – Currently M.D. candidate)
EAS-FHSC National Lead investigator – Imperial college (UK)
President of the Iraqi lipid clinics network
Member of the European Society of Cardiology
Member of the European Atherosclerosis Society
Member of the International Atherosclerosis Society
Member of the Executive Committee, IAS Regional Federation ( MENA and Africa )
Member of the FH Advocacy Group Organization (WHF, Geneva)
Member of the International Lipid Expert Panel ( Poland -Warsaw)
Web site : www.iraqilcn.com
Phone: + 201111925398
Cairo, Egypt
Email: dr_mutaz@hotmail.com