BDNewsExpress: Liver specialist Prof Mamum Al Mahtab Shwapnil has been selected as the survey lead for Bangladesh by the EASL International Liver Foundation (EILF) for the ‘global fatty liver prevalence’ study. He is the chairman of the department of hepatology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
The EILF is a global initiative from European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). Its mission is to increase the quality of life and reducing premature mortality for the greatest number of people by improving liver health.
With an estimated global prevalence of over 20 percent, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a global public health epidemic that is not receiving enough attention. The first step to taking a comprehensive public health response to NAFLD is to review the relevant policies and guidelines in place.
For this reason, EILF is launching a global NAFLD policy review to determine to what extent governments and key stakeholders like medical associations and patient groups are responding to NAFLD and its complications such as diabetes and HCC.
The organization in a letter to Prof Shwapnil said they are appointing survey lead for each country who will be responsible for the completion of the survey for their country. “In consideration of your expertise, EILF would be honoured if you would accept our invitation to be a survey lead for Bangladesh,” they wrote Prof Shwapnil.
“We feel that your expertise would be an asset to this initiative and would like to thank you for your consideration.” Prof Shwapnil said he has accepted the invitation and is honoured to work with the issue for Bangladesh.