It has been an exciting start to 2021 for EILF’s NAFLD programme, we’ve had several landmark reports published and new activities starting, so here’s an update of our work over the past six months.

Wilton Park Dialogue

We ended 2020 on a high by hosting a dialogue with Wilton Park, a global forum for strategic discussion. The event was the first of its kind to address NAFLD from a broad global public health perspective. We brought together 58 thought-leaders, healthcare providers, industry executives and high-level government decision-makers from 24 countries, covering all global regions.

The dialogue drew together EILF’s activities throughout 2019 and 2020, including our European and global NAFLD policy review studies and our work on defining comprehensive NAFLD models of care. Participants engaged in solution-oriented dialogue to lay the foundation for developing a NAFLD public health roadmap in 2021. You can read full the report here.

Launch of the NAFLD consensus statement

Building on the momentum of the Wilton Park meeting, in January we launched the NAFLD public health consensus statement study. We have engaged more than 200 experts from all around the world to develop statements and recommendations for advancing the NAFLD agenda. We hope the outcomes can help to guide the liver health community as together we seek to address this neglected public health issue. The findings will be published in late 2021

Partnering with the Economist Intelligence Unit

Through 2020, EILF also partnered with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to explore the opportunities and challenges for addressing NAFLD in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Across four workshops in each region, we convened 55 experts from multiple disciplines, including liver health, diabetes, obesity and nutrition.

The 12 workshops covered a range of themes from awareness to models of care and integrating NAFLD into the non-communicable disease agenda. Global and regional calls to action were developed setting ambitious, yet achievable recommendations covering a range of areas from diagnosis and treatment to the design of public health and NCD policies.

In March 2021 we held two webinars with regional experts to launch the series report. On June 10 we will also be sharing key messages to mark International NASH Day, be sure to keep an eye on our  Twitter.

Growing the NAFLD network

Over the past two years, EILF has engaged with over 500 individuals and organisations. We would like to say thank you to all of our partners and collaborators who have and continue to give their time, energy and expertise to making NAFLD a public health priority.

As the African proverb says: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. As we move ahead on this journey together, we truly can improve the lives of people affected by NAFLD.