25 January 2018

Task Force Annual Report - Eastern Mediterranean & Saudi Arabia

2017 report

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Educational Events/Meetings

The following scientific and educational activities took place in 2017:

  • PH Awareness Day
  • 27 February 2017, King Fahd Specialist Hospital, Dammam, KSA
  • 27 February 2017, Khamis Mushait Military Hospital, KSA
  • March 2017, Saud Babtain Cardiac Center, Dammam, KSA
  • 26 March 2017, King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, KSA
  • 15 April 2017, Buraydah, KSA
  • 25 November 2017, Qassim, KSA
  • PH Management Updates
  • 19 April 2017, Qatif, KSA
  • 9 May 2017, Tabuk, KSA
  • 10 May 2017, Alhasaa, KSA
  • 8 October 2017, KKNGH, Jeddah, KSA
  • 8 October 2017, Jeddah, KSA
  • 9 October 2017, Saud Babtain Cardiac Center, Dammam, KSA
  • 9 October 2017, KFSH, Dammam, KSA
  • PE to CTEPH
  • 28 March 2017, Riyadh, KSA
  • 23 May 2017, Dammam, KSA

Regional Activities

  • SAPH 10th Annual Conference, 2-4 February 2017, Dubai, UAE
  • MENA Pulmonary Hypertension Forum (in collaboration with Actelion), 6-7 October 2017, Muscat, Oman
  • 140 participants from 13 countries, 6 international speakers (Germany, Italy, France & Belgium), 1.5 days meeting with 27 talks & debates
  • PHUTURE (in collaboration with Bayer)
  • 16-18 February 2017, Muscat, Oman
  • 5-6 May 2017, Beirut, Lebanon

Research (Current Research  Initiatives)

  • EMEA CTEPH Registry: An international prospective registry investigating the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of CTEPH patients in EMEA countries
  • EXPERT, EXPosurE Registry RiociguaT in patients with pulmonary hypertension
  • SystemAtic prospective follow Up for better unDerstanding of clinical characteristIcs of patients with PH disease (SAUDIPH) registry
  • Prevalence of genetic factors in Saudi patients with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension
  • Transitioning Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patients from Bosentan to Macitentan: Efficacy and Safety Data (Under publishing)

Change of Leadership in 2018

Majdy Idrees will handover the presidency of SAPH to Abdullah Aldalaan. 

Summary of Activities for 2018

  • Organise the SAPH 11th Annual Conference: SAPH2018 to be held in Dubai, UAE from 5-7 April 2018
  • Continue holding a series of awareness days in different regions of the Kingdom
  • Conduct 2 PH master classes every year in the leading hospitals in Riyadh. 

Goals for Year 2018

SAPH is planning to continue expanding its activities and reaching out to as many practicing physicians as possible.

We will continue seeking to increase the number of active members and help raise awareness and improve the knowledge in the field of pulmonary hypertension at the national level. 


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