It gives me great pleasure to welcome members, delegates and esteemed faculty to
annual conference of the Indian Society of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Haematocon
2023 being held in the “Temple City”, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The ISHBT was founded in 1959 and now has about 1980 life members. It is the
comprehensive society of clinical and laboratory Haematology and Hemato-oncology in India.
Haematological diseases range from the mundane such as nutritional anemias and
which can be treated easily with low cost medications, to complex illnesses like hemophilia and
cancers, which are expensive to manage and unaffordable to the majority of patients in our
country. Thus, the scientific program has been well designed to encompass both benign and
malignant disorders, with a perfect blend of clinical and laboratory aspects of Haematology and
Transfusion Medicine as practised in our country.
Haematology has finally come of age in our country. It has gained recognition as
a sub specialty
and has become one of the most sought after streams for super specialization. Further, fame of
our society has spread beyond our country and our conferences now have participation from
EHA and ASH and we are being approached by a growing number of international societies for
collaboration. Our members regularly attend international conferences to update their skill and
knowledge and are on par with their counterparts globally.
In addition to several academic activities conducted by ISHBT and its academic arm, the ICH,
ISHBT plans to introduce socially relevant programs throughout the country, in the form of
educating the population about nutritional anemias and other common haematological disorders
with special focus on inherited anemias (sickle cell anemia and thalassemia) in the endemic
zones. These will be aimed at uplifting the economically weaker sections of our society.
With best wishes for a fruitful conference and an enjoyable stay in
Dr. Shanaz Khodaiji,
President ISHBT, Consultant Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, P.D.
Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, Mumbai