Out of the 325 million people living with viral hepatitis globally, upward of 290 million (that’s 9 in 10!) are living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C without knowing.
In 2012, there was about 1 Million deaths due to Liver Cancer worldwide (World Cancer Research Journal). This rate has increased in Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan countries.
The prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen in the normal population (within Nigeria) ranges between 15–20% and up to 30% in some areas.
Unless there is a massive scale-up in awareness, screening, diagnosis and linkage to care, more people will become infected and lives will continue to be lost.
Major causes of Liver diseases are preventable and curable when detected early. Most of the youths and adults living within sub-Saharan Africa engage in lifestyles that are harmful to the liver. These habits include ingestion of alcohol, smoking of cigarette and other recreational drugs. They contract hepatitis, chronic liver disease and liver cancers; seek medical care late and prematurely die from their disease.
Apart from families losing their loved ones and breadwinners to terminal liver disease, modifiable lifestyles such as smoking and heavy alcohol drinking among the youths have been the most problematic. All these facts have propelled the cause of this initiative. If these people are sufficiently educated or informed about the detrimental consequences of their habits, they would not continue with what they are doing today.
It is out of the above observational evidence that the project, Healthy Liver initiative, was born.
To help people improve on lifestyles that will promote liver health and to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate from liver diseases in Nigeria and beyond its shores.
To create a society where the prevalence of Infectious hepatitis is at the barest minimal, a place where individuals are constantly interested in habits that will promote their liver health and prevent Liver diseases.
These are youths who anchor the cause of Healthy Liver Initiative. They are the best team ever!
Proficient, success-driven, passionate change-maker and a Nigerian medical student with proven track records in enacting positive change through various public health and social impact activities in a bid to foster the development of Africa. As a strong agent of change, I am overly inspired to engage in any course that moves towards improving on medical care in Africa with emphasis on Preventive and Promoting-health medicine rather than a curative approach.
A strong believer in effecting change from the immediate community, impacting lives through various outreaches. As a team player, I believe in keying into visions that are centred on the people. As a medical student leader, I am focused on inspiring others to also be passionate about humanity and create a ripple effect of continual impact, doing great things in little ways.
I am Enenu Faith Ijaguwa, currently a 600level medical student at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.I am an articulate, confident person who relishes challenges and works under pressure. I am a friendly individual with a great passion for food(laughs); I enjoy socializing with people,my greatest strengths are my research, communication and writing skills.
Peter Enenche Ogolekwu
I am a Passionate, purpose-driven, analytical, team player, eclectic and a research- oriented medical Student, whose goal is to ensure a safe, affordable and adequate health care system in our society targeted at reaching every person, most importantly the less privileged. It is my desire that with ground-breaking researches and sensitization programs, the health of people in the society will be significantly improved.