Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) launched a new educational programme in Muscat,
Oman by participating in the Gulf Respiratory Society's 3rd Annual Meeting. Dr. Harry Heijerman, CFW
Medical Advisor, Louise Lannefors, Physiotherapist and member of the International Physiotherapist
Group for CF (IPG/CF) and Alison Morton, Dietician at Leeds Regional Adult CF Unit, UK, member of
the European Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition Group (ECFNG) and UK Dieticians CF Group presented a full day
educational programme aimed at improving care for CF patients in the Gulf States.
During the day long seminar parents, patients and medical professionals were interviewed to determine how CF Worldwide can further support patients in Oman and the surrounding Gulf States. An analysis was carried out through questionnaires that asked a series of detailed questions aimed at narrowing down specific needs of the region. Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and other Gulf States supply necessary medication and treatment for patients through their national health programs. Most medications are readily available in all regions but there is little knowledge of appropriate treatment among the medical community. The Gulf Respiratory Society is very active increasing awareness of CF and will continue to work with CFW to host future CF Seminars.