Lily Mushahar
Malaysian Society of Nephrology

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is my pleasure to inform you that the first quarter of the year 2023 has been filled with many activities organised by the Society. The year started with giving our MSN website a new facelift with the Society’s vision as “Strive for Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Kidney Care for All”. This vision was coined in Malacca this year, during our 1st Nephrology Strategic Planning Meeting between MSN council members, Ministry of Health (MOH) head of nephrology services and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) chair. The Society’s website will continuously provide news updates on MSN activities, registries, JCTN journal issues, announcements and membership benefits.

The World Kidney Day national celebration was a success, hosted by MSN and NKF on 11th March 2023 at Dataran Nilai, Bandar Baru Nilai Negeri Sembilan. The event was officiated by the honorable Health Minister YB Dr Zaliha Mustafa. The “Buah Pinggang Anda Ok? Jom Check” programme, which is a chronic kidney disease (CKD) screening effort collaborated by MSN-NKF and the Ministry of Health was also launched by YB during the event. We hope this programme will assist in more detection of earlier stages of CKDs in the endeavour to aid in appropriate earlier management.

We also successfully organised the 1st MSN Critical Care Nephrology masterclass on the 18-19th of March 2023 at The Gardens Hotel and Residence, Kuala Lumpur. This workshop was one of the MSN-led masterclass workshops which was recently introduced. Other masterclass workshops include the PD masterclass and CKD masterclass. The CKD masterclass is aimed to educate the primary care team in managing cardiorenal metabolic diseases and will be held at Double Tree Hilton, Malacca on 21st of May 2023. The Society also organises regular MSN KidneyAcademy CMEs which include the DocQuity webinar on CKD.

The 37th Annual Congress of the Malaysian Society of Nephrology 2023 will be held at Setia Spice Convention Centre, Penang on the 7th-9th of July 2023. The theme is ‘Enhancing Personalized Medicine in Nephrology’. Interesting topics have been outlined with invited faculty expert speakers. The congress will be fully physical and we are excited to meet everyone in Penang. Please take the opportunity to check on important dates for the congress in our first announcement flyer.

Please be on the lookout for many more MSN activities lined up for this year which includes:
· MSN virtual grand ward round
· 10th Malaysia-Singapore Nephrology Forum on the 11th-13th of August 2023, Penang

Finally, I would like to thank all MSN council members and our executive secretary who have been working tirelessly in the effort to ensure the success of all the events planned. I would like to show my utmost gratitude to all MSN members who have contributed to the success of the Society.

Hope to see you in Penang!