39 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS MAY 2016 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events 39th National Congress of the SMMAD and 6th Postgraduate Course Rhimou Alaoui, MD Department of Gastroenterology Ibn Rochd University Hospital Center of Casablanca Casablanca, Morocco President, Société Marocaine des Maladies de l’Appareil Digestif From left to right: Prof. Naima Amrani (Sec-retary General of WGO), Prof. Rhimou Alaoui (President of SMMAD), and Dr. Mohamed Boutaleb (Secretary General of SMMAD). The Société Marocaine des Maladies de l’Appareil Digestif (SMMAD), chaired by Professor Rhimou Alaoui, organized its 39th National Congress and 6th Postgraduate Course this last December in Marrakech, Morocco. This scientific event, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Health, was again marked by a large participation of hepato-gastroenter-ologists from different cities of the kingdom to discuss and exchange information about several topics of the specialty. The Postgraduate Course day was devoted to digestive tuberculosis, a subject that was chosen by par-ticipants following a survey by the SMMAD to set the theme of the day. The aim of the day was to arrive at recommendations to synthesize SMMAD Board with Prof. Abdellatif Cherka-oui (Founding President of SMMAD) and friends. Congress Room. recommendations about the preven-tion, diagnosis, and management of digestive tuberculosis. During this conference, attendees were able also to debate and update their knowledge through many oral communications and posters, sympo-sia, and practical workshops. It was also an opportunity for the SMMAD to strengthen collaboration with other scientific societies (includ-ing the French Association for the Study of the Liver, French Society of Gastroenterology, and Moroccan Society for Digestive Endoscopy) through the organization of several joint plenary sessions. These sessions were dedicated to issues that affect the daily practice of physicians in the treatment of several digestive disorders. The scientific program also in-cluded symposiums and workshops devoted to other diseases, including viral Hepatitis B and C. Regarding viral Hepatitis C, SMMAD welcomed the availabilty of new direct-acting antivirals, an initiative of the Ministry of Health to facilitate patient access to treatment and to eradicate Hepatitis C in Morocco After two days of high quality scientific exchange, the congress was closed with the presentation of awards to the best displayed and oral commu-nications. By this gesture, which has become a recent and essential ritual, the SMMAD thanked and encour-aged candidates to persevere in their quest for excellence.
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