Save Your Liver Foundation-Uganda (SYLiF-U) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that was started in 2015 by a group of young professionals. It’s a pioneer non-public sector in liver cancer and related illness response in Uganda. Its main mandate is to awaken the population to “save” their liver because of the many liver functions in the body.

 Since its inception SYLiF-U has embarked on creating awareness on the health importance and preventive measures of the liver fostering a general sense of preventive health among the populace, promoting the use of preventive liver health supplements in collaboration with health institutions in the country. SYLiF-U has established partnership with liver related organizations and corporate institutions both local and international for the mutual promotion of liver health education programs. It has also established partnerships with relevant government agencies on mutual collaboration in liver and general health policies and programs in the country to ensure the integration of liver education in public health programs mobilizing resources through grants and other promotions to support liver programs in the country.

 SYLiF-U was registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the Government NGO Board in 2015. This was preceded by the drafting and enactment of the SULiF-U constitution by the first Board of Directors.
The organization works closely with the staff and Hepatitis B patients in outreaches providing education and psycho social support to patients and their families. SYLiF-U currently operates on outreach basis to the following districts Hoima, Kamwenge, Nawoya, Koboko,  Sembabule, Soroti ,Wakiso and intends to reach out to most parts of the country.

Our Mission: Building a preventive liver health culture to promote, preserve and harness human resource potential for development.

Our Vision: A society free from liver cancer

 

 

   Legal Status of the Organization: 

 

A non-governmental organization established in 2015. It is registered at the national level with the NGO board  as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with registration number. 11425

 

Area of Operation:                              Uganda           

 

 

 

Tax Identification Number :        1009540379

 

 

   RATIONALE:

 

There is a lot of scope that needs to be addressed in Uganda especially in the health sector; SYLiF-U was formed mainly to reach out to the general public to awaken the population to “save” their liver because of its many functions in the body.

 

 FOCUS SEGMENT:

 

SYLiF-U focuses onto health improvement and promotion especially in liver cancer and related illness

  VISION OF THE ORGANIZATION:

 

” A society free from liver cancer”

 

MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION

 

Building a preventive liver health culture to promote, preserve and harness human resource potential for development.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

 

In order to achieve its mission and realize its vision in the long run, SYLiF-U is founded with the following strategic objectives.

  •  To create awareness on the health importance of the liver
  •  To foster a general sense of preventive health among the populace.
  •   To promote the use of preventive liver Health supplements in collaboration with Health institutions in the country.
  •   To establish partnership with liver related organizations and corporate institutions both local and international for the mutual promotion of liver Health education programs.
  •      To establish partnership with relevant government agencies on mutual collaboration in liver and general health policies and programs in the country.
  •    To ensure the integration of liver education in progress public health.
  • To mobilize resources through grants and other promotions to support liver programs in the country.

 

   PROBLEMS / ISSUES IDENTIFIED IN THE TARGET AREA.

  •   Lack of awareness on the promotion of health and hygienic conditions, maternal and safe motherhood, and the importance of prevention of diseases by immunization.
  •   Increased co-infection of hepatitis b and HIV/AIDS infections and liver related complications
  •   Less value is still attached to saving the liver this is vivid by the general public behavioral practices like alcoholism that in the long run affects the normal functioning of the liver.
  •    Malnutrition for both mothers and the children especially of school going age.

 

 INTERVENTIONS OF THE ORGANIZATION:

 

  •   Capacity building and creating awareness on issues of  Hepatitis B / HIV/AIDS and liver cancer diseases among health workers and the general public
  •   Sensitizing the community on behavioral change and encourage the best health practices.
  • Getting Involved in the Hepatitis B charity walk organized by National Organization for People Living with Hepatitis B ( NOPLHB) in Uganda
  •   Fostering a general sense of preventive health among the populace.
  •   Involving community stakeholders in all programs of the organization as partners at all levels.
  •   Proper planning and implementation of the organizational activities and programs without discriminating on grounds of color, gender, religion, ethnicity or race.
  • Establishing partnership with liver related organizations and corporate institutions both local and international for the mutual promotion of liver Health education programs.

 

  STRATEGIES

 

  •   Holding mass meetings with the support of all leaders in the areas of operation
  •   Partnering with other, NGOs, CSOs and other like-minded groups in planning and implementation of programs aimed at increasing the welfare of the target group of the organization.
  • Planning through Community participation
  •   Advocating for the rights of  liver cancer patients in our communities
  •    Practical trainings and segmenting of the members into a sizable number for management
  •   Radio talk shows to disseminate information of importance to a wide coverag
  •   Partnering with government institutions to establish treatment centers for the liver cancer diseases other than the Uganda Cancer Institute

 

TARGET GROUP:

 

COMMUNITY

 

 Categories

What the organization does to help the target group

 

Children

 Mobilizing parents using all mediums to take their children for immunization (hepatitis B) and support other programs aimed at lifting their health.

Emphasizing the role of women in the training and nurturing of children for proper growth and development.

 

Women


  • Mobilizing mothers to support and embrace programs such as immunization that aim at reducing vulnerability of children.
  • Fostering a general sense of preventive health among the women
  • Mobilizing women to adopt the use of family planning and promotion of maternal health
  • Emphasizing the need to embrace the use of preventive liver health supplements in collaboration with Health institutions in the country
  • Targeting women for screening and vaccination against hepatitis B
  • ·         Training pregnant mothers about safe deliveries of babies to avoid mother to child transmission of Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS
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Adolescent girls

  • Provision of information that can promote their accessibility to health education services easily.
  • Offering guidance and counseling services and establishing information centers where to get information relating to viral diseases that have advance effects on the liver.

 

 

Youth

 

  • Provision of guidance and counseling services aiming at preventing the youth from participating in anti-social activities by creating awareness  on the existence of chronic diseases like HIV/AIDS/ Hepatitis B and cancer that result from the use of addiction drugs.
  •      Fostering a general sense of preventive health

 

Men

 

  • Supporting education centers within their area of operation for the organization
  • Sensitizing and encouraging men to embrace government programs like ANC, SMS etc.
  • Encouraging them to support their wives and families in the lead of health behaviors
  •   Create a sense of individual responsibility in living a healthy life style that is instrumental in increasing their family household incomes  

 

 

 

PAST AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES:

 

  •  Creating awareness on the health importance of the liver in the communities around areas of Lake Goerge and Edward i.e. Kisenyi, Mahyoro, Katwe, and  Katunguru
  •  Creating awareness on, liver cancer, hepatitis B, immunization (vaccination) and child health in the districts of Nawoya, Hoima, Kasese,
  •   Integrating Hepatitis B with HIV/AIDS awareness as crosscutting issues co infections
  •   Strengthening of health workers response to hepatitis B in the counseling, diagnosis and management.
  •   Provision of drug supplements to boost the humane of the population

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATIONS                               

 

                    i.            The National Organization for People Living with Hepatitis B,( NOPLHB)

 

                  ii.            African Liver Patient Association. (ALPA)

 

                iii.            Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uganda

 

         iv.         World Hepatitis Alliance-NOhep

          

          v. PBCFoundation