The Foundation has three major flagship projects which defines its current interventions in the Country. These two projects are being piloted as the Nucleus of the Foundation’s programme to build a definite model of intervention for replication throughout Africa.
National Hepatitis B Free screening surveillance programme
The National Hepatitis B screening Surveillance project is the major project of the foundation for the past three years. The Foundation has organized Free Screening in all the regions in the country. The Foundation has established Free Hepatitis B screening centres in Accra and Kumasi where the public are being encouraged to access free screening to determine their status for early interventions.
The Foundation is the official wing working in partnership with World Hepatitis Alliance to observe the world hepatitis Day in Ghana.
In 2012 July,28 the Foundation in observing the World Hepatitis Day celebrated its record milestone of offering 50,000 Ghanaians access to free screening throughout Ghana.
SYLIF is still exploring opportunities for partnership with Government to ensure a comprehensive nationwide implementation of the NHBSS programme.
The foundation has been running adverts on radio and TV to encourage the public to access Free screening at the two Centres of Kumasi and Accra.
Occasional outreach programmes are organized for churches, keep fit clubs and other institutions throughout the country to offer free screening
Partnership for National Liver Research project
The partnership for research project is yet to take-off. The major challenge is the inability to identify a hepatologist in any of our health institutions of study to advance the prospects of establishing a Liver Research Centre and Liver Research Fund as a means of mobilizing short-term and long-term funds to carry out research activities in liver-related areas.
The Ghana Liver Research Centre project has become more compelling following a research by the Allied Health Sciences of the University of Ghana for-Autopsies from 1996-2002 in Accra that confirmed that more Ghanaians are dying from liver-related diseases. Given the extent of chemical infiltration into the environment with huge implication for liver health among Ghanaians, it is important for urgent steps to facilitate the implementation of this flagship initiative.
The National Liver Health Research Fund would also incorporate arrangements to provide scholarship funds to train hepatologist for both the centre and the Country’s Hospitals as a sustainable means of promoting sound liver health culture and policy in the country.