Ek Sath-with patients having rare inherited metabolic disorders
A collaborative effort between Pak-IMD-Net, Pakistan Society of Chemical Pathologists and the Aga Khan University
Inherited metabolic disorders (IMDs) are genetic defects mostly inherited from parents that can interfere with the metabolism in the body. Most IMDs are caused by mutations in genes that code for enzymes. Although most IMDs are extremely rare individually, collectively they are not rare.
Ensuring optimal outcomes of children with IMDs depends upon the early recognition of signs and symptoms followed by prompt laboratory evaluation and referral to a center familiar with the management of these disorders. Delay in diagnosis may result in acute metabolic decompensation, progressive neurological injury and growth retardation or death.
This project therefore aims to:
Provide an infrastructure for support of patients with IMDs and their families in Pakistan.
Assist in dealing with challenges including diagnosis and management
Increase awareness on IMDs through a program of education, advocacy, research and service