About Us

Technological innovation and improved understanding of human diseases are the two pillars of medical science advancement. While "clinical medicine" sets the pace of progress, it marches forward hand in hand with computerisation and development of imaging and molecular biological tools for precise diagnosis and treatment of diseases. These developments have reached India where medical care today is comparable to what is available in the most advanced countries. We may justifiably take pride in the quality of treatment on offer, but such care is rarely accessible or affordable to the large majority of Indians. Government-funded health care has ceded its dominant role to the market, which, by its very definition, has no responsibility to those without the ability to pay. An expanding private sector, even in health care, might be a necessary element of globalising India where the needs of Bharat often drop under the radar. This means the professional excellence that can be bought at a high cost at private marvels of medicare is beyond the reach of most Indians. And that violates one of the cardinal principles of health-care delivery - equity.

The Liver Foundation, West Bengal, wishes to wrestle with this question of equity. Its objective is to develop an institute that provides the best possible care in liver and gastrointestinal diseases, conducts global-standard research in liver diseases and trains health-care personnel in the relevant disciplines - but all at a price that does not inflict pain on the patient.

Why The Institute

Liver and gastrointestinal illnesses are emerging as health-care priorities in India. The management of liver and gastrointestinal diseases has changed significantly in the past two decades. Molecular (gene-based) methods have provided precise diagnostic tools. Therapeutic endoscopy and interventional radiology have changed the approach to many diseases of the liver and biliary tract, including the pancreas. Imaging modes like the MRI, CT scan, ultrasonography and Fibroscan are yielding higher and higher resolution and precision every day. New drugs to treat liver diseases are being developed. Illnesses such as hepatitis viruses, once considered untreatable, can mostly be cured now. Surgical techniques have improved along with critical care, leading to significantly better surgery outcomes in difficult liver and gastrointestinal illnesses. Transplantation is changing the lives of people suffering from advanced incurable liver disease.

Along with scientific development, organisationally, too, there are now several centres in the country that provide state-of-the-art care. We want to not only add to the list but also to take a step ahead in the care and arrangement of care in liver and gastrointestinal diseases. Located in Kolkata - the heart of Eastern India - the Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences intends to be the apex clinical care and research centre not only in the region but all over the country.

Involvement, not Investment

The Liver Foundation, West Bengal, is committed to providing care that is accessible and affordable by the majority of Indians. The institute will not be able to offer care completely free, but it proposes a revenue model that will ensure no one is denied treatment for lack of money. Those who can afford will receive care at a cost that can keep the wheels of the institute running. Such a model of cross subsidisation can work only if the institute is built with funds that come without the "string of return on investment". We wish to assert that we do not accept the idea of "health care as an industry". We hope to involve millions who, believing in our vision, will step forward to donate or make endowments to bring the idea to fruition. No doubt we will have to raise loans from financial institutions. But the less tight this financial noose round our necks, the more elbow room we will have in serving people.

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