HEALTHY LIVER INITIATIVE (HLI) is a community development project powered by the Center for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics Incorporated (CSAAEINC). HLI is concerned with helping the indigenes of Lamingo in Jos, plateau State preserve and promote the health of their liver as well as prevent the hundreds of liver diseases the community is prone to.
Every year, hundreds of people in Plateau State die of liver related diseases (Data from the Jos University Teaching hospital). Some of these diseases include Liver cirrhosis, Primary Liver cell carcinomas, hepatitis, chronic liver diseases and so on. All of these diseases are preventable and most can be curtailed if discovered early. However most of the individuals in this part of the country are ignorant of the causes of Liver diseases and how such disorders manifest initially, as such 98% of these people present to hospitals when these diseases are advanced and terminal.
Healthy Liver Initiative (HLI) seeks to proffer solution to the above setback (that is of the people of Lamingo, Jos) through the following plan;
Public enlightenment and health education on the importance of the liver causes of liver diseases, how such diseases can be prevented, and the clinical features and presentations of the diseases.
Public screening as well as door to door screening for individuals who are at risk of developing liver diseases.
In liaison with hospitals, health foundation, tertiary health institutions in Jos, HLI will refer individuals at risk and those suspected to have the ailment for expert management.
In any case where such individuals above demonstrate financial deficiency and he or she is unable to generate funds for treatment, HLI will support them.
The aim of HLI though not exhaustive, relates to
- Prevention of the numerous liver disease in our community including those that might progress into terminal illness e. g Cancers affecting the Liver and it’s duct system.
- Screening / detecting liver diseases in the community and giving the necessary referrals as to the next step.
- Promoting lifestyle that will help improve the liver health.
My name is Peter Yawe, the first of four children born to Mr. and Mrs. John Yawe. I hail from Konshisha local government area of Benue State. I have been blessed with two wonderful sisters: Elizabeth and Victoria, and a little brother: Caleb.
I am a 5th year medical student at the prestigious University of Jos, Plateau State. I love to make friends and assist people in any way I can while I detest dishonesty and mediocrity.
Since I joined CSAAEINC in November 2017, I have discovered new dimensions of myself. I have learnt to take up challenges no matter how big they seem. CSAAEINC has been a major blessing and I am privileged to be part of something bigger than me. I hope to become a leader in the world health organisation, from there I could easily influence a change in the phase of medical practice in Nigeria, with emphasis on preventive and promotive medicine rather than curative medicine.
I believe that with hard worker, determination and God’s will, the sky will be my starting point.
Together we can make Africa a better place!
- Sensitisation of the Public.
- Social Media publicity
- Fund raising
- Community Outreaches/ Public Education
- Door to door campaigns