Celebrating 24 years of National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh

Zunaid Paiker
April 15, 2023

Highlights of achievements & significant events of National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh: last 24 years (15 April 1999 to 15 April 2023)

  1. NLFB registered by the Government of Bangladesh for activities throughout the nation.
  2. Member of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), Geneva in 2007
  3. Prof Mohammad Ali, is one of the signatories of the “Resolution on Viral Hepatitis” which was accepted by the 63rd World Health Assembly of WHO in May 2010, and offered official recognition of World Hepatitis Day on July 28 globally
  4. Govt. of Bangladesh donated land at Sylhet for making National Liver Foundation Hospital, Sylhet. Consultation & Diagnostic facilities have already been made.
  5. NLFB is a member of the Bangladesh Network for NCD Control & Prevention (BNNCP)
  6. Prof. Mohammad Ali represented NLFB, as a member of BNNCP met with the Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh & Hon.  Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament.   
  7. Advocacy to the Government of Bangladesh for adopting the “National Viral Hepatitis Control Strategy” in Bangladesh
  8. Advocacy to CDC, DGHS, Govt. of Bangladesh for incorporation of “Birth dose” in the EPI schedule.
  9. Nobel Laureate Baruch S. Blumberg, Nobel prize winner for the discovery of the Hepatitis B virus & development of the hepatitis B vaccine appreciated the activities of the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh. Sent his book “The Hunt for a Killer Virus Hepatitis B” to Prof Mohammad Ali with a goodwill message on World Hepatitis Day in Bangladesh in 2010
  1. Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE), USA honored Prof Ali with the “Hepatitis Elimination Champion 2021 Award '' for his founding of the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh, initiation of Liver transplants in Bangladesh & creation of programs that have expanded access to hepatitis testing & treatment and accelerated progress towards hepatitis control in Bangladesh..
  2. NLFB selected & participated in the “Find the Missing Millions in Country Advocacy Program” along with 4 other countries of the world.
  3. Nationwide viral hepatitis awareness, free vaccination of thousands of orphan children of Govt. children’s homes in most of the districts & divisional headquarters of Bangladesh.
  4. NLFB Participated in the 1st,2nd & 3rd World Hepatitis Summit in Glasgow, Brazil & Geneva respectively. Had many presentations at three world summits.     
  5. Prof. Ali represented Bangladesh in the policy-making on “Regional Strategy for the control of viral hepatitis in the South East Asia Region” at WHO SEARO, New Delhi India.
  6. NLFB initiated the “NOhep” & “Find the Missing Million “campaigns in Bangladesh.   NO help drive travelled 8 divisions of Bangladesh.
  7. World Hepatitis Days observed from 2008 to 2022 in Bangladesh.
  8. “Hepatitis B & C Patient’s Conferences” at Dhaka & Chittagong
  9. NLFB initiated the “Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of Hepatitis B (PMTCT)” Programme in Bangladesh.   
  10. “Reginal Hepatitis Days” in district & divisional headquarters of Bangladesh. Reaching the unreachable mass population, especially in rural Bangladesh is the basis of all the campaigns.
  11. “NOhep Cricket” for passing the viral hepatitis awareness message among the cricketer supporters & general population enjoying the most popular game in Bangladesh.  
  12. Initiated the “Zakat Fund” for free treatment of underprivileged, young hepatitis B & C patients, where hundreds of patients received free treatment.
  13. The candidate nominated by NLFB, became the elected Board member of the South East Asia region of (SEARO) of WHA. He is representing NLFB & Bangladesh in the WHA. He is the second one to grace the position of SEARO Board Member nominated by NLFB.
  14. Prof. Ali represented NLFB in the “Costed National Action Plan for viral Hepatitis in Bangladesh” organized by CDC, DGHS, Govt of Bangladesh & WHO
  15.  “Hepatitis Can’t-Wait contest for DMC students” joint program of NLFB, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LHTM) & Dhaka Medical College (DMC).
  16.   Publications of the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh:

1. “High prevalence of Hepatitis B & C virus infections among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: a growing concern for the refugees and the Host communities” published at the Clinical Liver Disease (CLD), the Journal of the American Association for Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)           

2. “Redefining fatty liver disease: an international patient perspective”, published in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.        

3. The impact of COVID-19 on hepatitis B and C virus prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in Bangladesh compared with Japan and the global perspective” Joint study of NLFB with Hiroshima University, Japan & Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE) USA.

4. “Crowd Sourcing to Increase Hepatitis B &C Testing and Reduce Hepatitis Stigma Among Medical Students in Bangladesh”. A joint study of NLFB & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LHTM).  

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