National Liver Institute (NLI)
The NLI was founded in 1986 by the late Professor Yasin Abdel Ghafar as a unique specialized academic institution in the Middle East and Africa for the study of liver diseases, whose goal was to provide outstanding healthcare services in management of liver diseases and contribute to a generation of future hepatologists in Egypt. NLI offers professional education and postgraduate degrees in Hepatology, Pediatric Hepatology and Hepatobiliary surgery. Residents and Trainees are educated by eminent experts in their fields and are exposed to learning workshops in Endoscopy, oncology, Liver transplantation and liver pathology. Being located in the heart of Delta region of Egypt, NLI offers exceptional community services and plays an integral role in the surrounding communities to improve the region, Egypt and the world. Research at NLI is mainly directed to liver diseases management, alternative treatment options, community based programs, basic and applied techniques for understanding of disease progression and regression.
Today, NLI is the premier academic institution in the world offering specialized postgraduate degrees in liver. NLI is ranked the third academic institution in the world in performing living donor liver transplantation.
Society of Friends of Liver Patients in the Arab World (SLPAW)
Since its establishment as an NGO in 1979 by a group of Egyptian intellectuals and doctors headed by Professor Yassin Abdel Ghaffar, the Society of Friends of Liver Patients in the Arab World (SLPAW) has been playing a leading role in the identification, prevention and management of liver disease, and in providing social and economic support for patients and their families. Throughout its 32 years of contributions, the society has been diligently working to fulfill the following goals:
1. Highlighting the extent of social and economic burden of liver disease in Egypt and the Arab region. Increasing public awareness of the problems has been acheived through engaging the media and holding awareness conferences, workshops, and discussion panels.
2. Providing training to medical staff specialized in liver disease. Workshops and training courses have been regularly organized and international conferences and seminars have been an integral part of the society’s activity.
3. Promoting and funding research and encouraging publishing locally and regionally conducted studies.
4. Organizing and implementing prevention programs on local and regional levels
5. Encouraging cooperation between Egyptian and Arab scientists.
6. Offering social and economic assistance to liver patients and their families.
The inauguration of the National Liver Institute in 1986, the first of its kind worldwide at that time, was a significant achievement of the society. It is an educational institution teaching and granting master and doctoral degrees in liver studies as well as providing highly specialized patient medical service. The Yassin Abdel Ghaffar Charity Center for Liver Disease and Research in Cairo
followed in 1999. Work on the Hospital for Liver Transplantation (a charity hospital currently under construction) started in 2010 and it is expected to accept patients by the end of this year.
Nine volumes of the Afro-Arab Liver Journal (AALJ), the first specialized journal in Egypt and the Arab region, have been published by the SLPAW. A merger between the AALJ and the Nile Liver Journal (published by the NLI) was highly encouraged by members of the society, and resulted in the current publication: The Egyptian Liver Journal.
The SLPAW recognizes that it must continue to exert a great deal effort to fulfill its goals. The society places its trust in its dedicated members and believes that the community at large will always continue to offer a co-operative hand.