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NLF( National Liver Foundation) is a voluntary, non-profit organization promoting awareness and prevention of liver diseases. 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.

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 physically, mentally, emotionally and financially devastated.

On the other hand there are millions of cases of hepatic diseases, which go unreported or are reported when the matters have gone out of hand. Utter poverty coupled with lack of education and awareness, prevent people from seeking medical advice until it is too late. In addition, high cost of treatment pose as major obstacle in convincing people about taking treatment.

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 do not attract the attention of the Government or the other influential bodies. The needs of patients with liver- related disease have been grossly underestimated and largely ignored. Committed to address these issues, the NLF (National Liver Foundation) was established in 1999, thorough the consorted and co-operative efforts of philanthropists.

Since its inception 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.

However it will be a long time before there efforts will significant results are yet to be seen in bringing down the incidence of liver diseases. With India’s large population growing every minute the task seems humungous. Encouraging individuals to participate in their own preventive health- care can prevent many serious diseases. Proper information and care can help reverse the ill- effects of neglect and ignorance in many cases. NLF has taken the first step. Your support can help us make lasting change in the lives of millions. Join hands with NLF in this fight to make India free of liver diseases.

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