The National Liver Foundation (NLF) is a voluntary, non-profit organization promoting awareness and prevention of liver diseases in India. It offers help, information, and supports to those suffering from liver disease and their families. In addition, NLF reaches out to support programmes involving diagnosis, prevention and treatment of liver- related diseases.
Vision: Eliminate Viral Hepatitis in India
It is estimated that liver diseases are among the top ten killer diseases in India, causing lakhs of deaths every year. Besides, there are those who suffer from chronic liver problems, needing recurrent hospitalization and prolonged medical attention, which leaves them and their families physically, mentally, emotionally and financially devastated.
Inadequate education and awareness about the disease conditions often results into millions of hepatitis diseases cases going either unreported or reported at an advanced stage.
Studies have indicated that some liver related diseases like Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus could burgeon into an epidemic much larger in scale than the dreaded HIV. However, these diseases being silent killers with long gestation periods have so far not attracted the attention of the policy makers.
Since its inception in 1999, the NLF has attempted to spread awareness about preventable hepatic diseases and reaching out to people suffering from chronic or advanced diseases through:
- Various educational and training programmes including seminars
- Patient support groups
- Mobilizing funds for providing treatment to patients at considerably subsidized rates
- Campaigns for promoting organ donation and other activities
- Vaccinate Hepatitis B vaccine to all medical students and para-medical entrants
It is however important to build a national awareness programme to sensitise stakeholders, including patients and policy makers about the impending threat from the silent epidemic. The foundation proposes to launch chapters in 10 states in order to raise awareness levels on liver diseases and draw an action plan.