World Liver Day: 19 April

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World Liver Day is observed every year on 19 April to raise awareness about liver health and related diseases.

An Overview of the News

  • World Liver Day aims to educate people about the importance of early detection, prevention and treatment of liver diseases.

  • The theme of World Liver Day 2023 is "Be alert, do regular liver check-ups, fatty liver can affect anyone,"

  • The day is celebrated in partnership with various local and international organisations that focus on promoting liver health.

  • Liver is the second largest and most important organ in the human body, responsible for functions such as metabolism, digestion, immunity, toxin filtration, and nutrient storage.

  • Recent studies in India have shown that 75% of cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are seen in patients who consume little or no alcohol and have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 kg/sq. less than a metre.

  • According to the World Health Organisation, liver disease is the 10th leading cause of death in India.

About World Health Organization (WHO)

It is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.

Formation - 7 April 1948

Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland

Head - Tedros Adhanom (Director General)

Parent Organization - United Nations Economic and Social Council

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