The South Asian Regional Pain Society (SARPS) was founded on 20 February 2003 by three IASP chapters of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member countries at Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The society operated with the joint leadership of the Bangladesh Society for Study of Pain (BSSP), the Indian Society for Study of Pain (ISSP), and the Pakistan Society for Treatment and Study of Pain (STSP). The founding committee comprised President, Professor Kazi Mesbahuddin Iqbal, Secretary, Professor AKM Akhtaruzzaman, and executive members, Dr. Lutful Aziz and Professor Jonaid Shafiq (Bangladesh), Professor Syed Tipu Sultan and Professor Gauhar Afshan (Pakistan), Professor Geeta Joshi and Professor GP Dureja (India), and Dr Victor Adalbert John William Mendis (International Advisor). In 2018, the Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain (SLASP) and the Nepal Association for the Study of Pain (NASP) also joined SARPS. The South Asian Regional Pain Society (SARPS) was awarded an official status of Federation-in-formation of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) on 6 March 2020.
Chapters of SARPS
- Bangladesh Society for Study of Pain (BSSP)
- Indian Society for Study of Pain (ISSP)
- Society for Treatment and Study of Pain (STSP)
- Sri Lanka Association for the Study of Pain (SLASP)
- Nepal Association for the Study of Pain (NASP)
Mission Statement of SARPS
The South Asian Regional Pain Society (SARPS) supports its member countries to make effective, accessible, affordable, and ethical care available to those suffering from pain conditions in the region.
Goals of SARPS
- To organize regular scientific meetings so that pain physicians, researchers, and opinion leaders in South Asian countries can exchange views, information, and experiences
- To make significant contributions to fulfill the national and regional needs for structured training and teaching programs in the field of pain medicine
- To fulfill the regional need to produce trained pain physicians and allied health professionals
- To promote meaningful research in the field of pain medicine
- To help member countries to provide quality and safe care through continuing professional education (CPE) for service providers at the national and regional levels
- To liaise and bring together different international bodies working in the field of health care
South Asian Regional Pain Society (SARPS)
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
Department of Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Room No-1014, Block-C, 9th Floor, Shahbag, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh