For over 40 years, the Canadian Liver Foundation has been championing liver health for all Canadians. Our mandate is to reduce the incidence and impact of liver disease and we strive to achieve this by promoting liver health and raising funds to support research and education to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of liver disease.
As a liver health advocate, the CLF works with federal, provincial and municipal governments, community organizations and individuals to raise awareness of liver-related health issues, to emphasize the importance of prevention and to implement changes to improve the quality of life of those living with liver disease.
We are uniting the world in the fight against viral hepatitis
Canadian Liver Foundation first organization in the world to endorse a declaration calling for global strategies to eliminate viral hepatitis B and C
Toronto, November 18, 2014
: More than 400 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C worldwide and 1.3 million die from these diseases every year. With the progress made in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B and C, a large number of these illnesses and consequent deaths are preventable with a united global effort. In November 2014, international experts in viral hepatitis gathered in Toronto, Canada for the 1st International Meeting on Hepatitis Cure & Eradication and at its conclusion issued the Toronto Declaration calling for the implementation of strategies to eliminate hepatitis B and C including specific targets in disease tracking, prevention, diagnosis and disease management to be achieved by 2018.
The Canadian Liver Foundation is pleased to be the first organization in Canada and the world to endorse this declaration on behalf of all Canadians living with or at risk for hepatitis B and C. In 2012, the CLF published the first report on liver disease in Canada which identified an almost 30 per cent increase in liver-related deaths due in large part to viral hepatitis. The report called for many of the same strategies included in this declaration. The Foundation is proud to join with global experts and organizations from around the world in a united effort to eliminate these two deadly liver diseases.
We urge all Canadians and our partners around the world to join the Canadian Liver Foundation in this urgent call to action to eliminate hepatitis B and C globally.
To view a copy of the Toronto Declaration, click here.
To join the CLF in supporting the declaration, click here.
Report: Liver Disease in Canada: A Crisis in the Making
The liver is routinely misunderstood or ignored by the majority of Canadians but dismissing this vital organ has dangerous consequences to quality of life and life expectancy. The Canadian Liver Foundation has just released a landmark report on the state of liver disease in Canada which shows that over a period of only eight years, the death rate from liver disease has risen nearly 30%. View the report.
We want to give you a voice
The silence surrounding liver disease is taking a devastating toll on liver health care in this country. As a patient, family member, physician, nurse or allied health professional, you have the opportunity to:
- dispel misconceptions about liver disease
- communicate the impact liver disease can have on individuals and families
- emphasize the importance of liver health and encourage people to get tested
- help influence government policy governing access to care and treatment for patients.
Through the Canadian Liver Foundation’s advocacy petitions, surveys and public awareness campaigns, you can help fight for the programs that liver disease patients need and deserve.
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