1 - 2 November 2024, TBA
Welcome to the official website for the South African Haemophilia Foundation (SAHF) MASAC 2024 Educational Symposium, marking a significant milestone as we celebrate 30 years of dedicated service and progress in the field of haemophilia care.
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MASAC Educational Symposium offers an unparalleled platform for advancing knowledge, collaboration, and innovation in the field of haemophilia and bleeding disorders. With a rich history dating back to 1995, this symposium has played a pivotal role in ensuring accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment for individuals with bleeding disorders, thanks to the involvement of multi-disciplinary teams in South Africa.
Next year's symposium promises to be an extraordinary gathering of healthcare professionals, researchers, advocates, and industry leaders, all dedicated to advancing haemophilia care and fostering innovative practices within the healthcare community.
The MASAC Educational Symposium in 2023 adopted a dynamic and engaging format, carefully designed to foster interaction and discussion among all participants. The symposium was structured to accommodate both in-person and virtual attendance, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for delegates from across Africa and the rest of the world.
The symposium featured a diverse range of sessions, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and scientific presentations covering topics such as gene therapy and new therapies, Point of care testing and acquired bleeding disorders to mention a few. Renowned experts and thought leaders from the field of haemophilia and bleeding disorders will share their insights and expertise, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the latest advancements and best practices.
MASAC IMPACT 1995-2023
Alok Srivastava, MD, FRACP, FRCPA. FRCP is Professor in the Department of Haematology, and head of the Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in India. Dr. Srivastava has been involved with the management of patients with bleeding disorders for over 25 years.
Johnny Mahlangu, BSc, MBBCh, MMed, FCPath is a Personal Professor in Haematology and Head of School of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand and the National Health Laboratory Service in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also Director of the International Haemophilia Training Centre and Consultant Clinical Haematologist at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Johannesburg.
Ms. Julie Malan BSc, MSc Genetic Counselling. Julie is a registered genetic counsellor practicing in South Africa.
Cedric Hermans currently heads the Division of Haematology, the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Unit as well as the Hemophilia Center of the Saint-Luc University Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. He was appointed Associate Professor at the Medical School of the Catholic University of Louvain in 2003, Full Professor in 2012 and Vice-Dean in 2015.
Saliou Diop is a Professor on Hematology and Blood Transfusion in Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, Senegal) and Director of the national blood transfusion services in Senegal..
Jan du Plessis is the chairperson of SAHF MASAC. He is a paediatric oncologist at the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein. He obtained his undergraduate degree (MBChB) at the University of the Free State in 1995. He has a special interest in paediatric palliative care and haemophilia .