Ongoing WDHD Campaigns

WGO encourages all members to organize an event to raise awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in their community. WGO invites you to view the WDHD 2010 Success Stories, a showcase that presents the highlights of 2010 WDHD.

WDHD - Argentina

How to intensify the treatment in IBD

When: April 9, 2010
Location: Hotel Mayorazgo, Parana, Entre Rios
Contact: Dr. Daniel Berbara,, Phone 54 343 4310546

Continuous Medical Education Program of FAGE (Federacion Argentina de Gastroenterologia)

Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

When: April 23, 2010
Location: Circulo Medico de Salta, Salta
Contact: Dr. Guillermo Kirschbaum,, Phone 54 387 4318356

Continuous Medical Education Program of FAGE (Federacion Argentina de Gastroenterologia)

Public Awareness Campaign, Internet

When: May 29, 2010

From the week of May 29, 2010, the website will include educational material about World Digestive Health Day 2010 addressed to gastroenterologists and to the community. A link to the whole information provided by WGO from will be permanently added on the home page (Ten tips for living with IBD - spanish and english versions; IBD Guideline, etc) during 2010.

IBD Press Conference, Buenos Aires

When: May 27, 2010
Location: NH City Hotel; Bolivar 120 (6th floor); Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contact: Edgardo Smecuol: or

The Argentine Society of Gastroenterology (SAGE) will organize an important press conference with the purpose of attracting news coverage for the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). This event will develop on May 27th, 2010 at the NH City Hotel and will bring together leading IBD experts from Spain, United States and Argentina to assess IBD diagnosis, management and treatment.

Read the media event report here.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in the II International Fall Course

When: May 27 and 28, 2010
Location: NH City Hotel; Bolivar 120; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contact: Horacio Vazquez ( and Edgardo Smecuol (

Expert Speakers:
Aaron Brzezinski, MD Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Francisco Guarner Unidad de Investigación de Aparato Digestivo.Hospital Universitario Vall d'Hebron (Barcelona, España) .

Annual Course of the Asociación de Gastroenterología de Santa Fe

When: November 19, 2010
Location: Santa Fe, Argentina
Contact: Dr. Oscar Brosutti (President of the Association)

Actualización sobre enfermedades inflamatorias intestinales a cargo de la Dra. Alicia Sambuelli.

A course that offers new information about Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, coordinated by Dr. Alicia Sambuelli.

WDHD - Belarus

International Workshop dedicated to World Digestive Health Day

When: May 28-29, 2010
Location: Minsk, Belarus
Contact: Yury Marakhouski, Head of gastroenterology and Nutrition Department, Byelorussian Medical Academy Postgraduate Education, Brovki str 3, 220013, Minsk, Belarus, Ph and Fax:375173319750, E-mail:

International Workshop dedicated to World Digestive Health Day “Clinical interdisciplinary aspects of gastrointestinal mucosa changes: from inflammation to proliferation disorders”

WDHD - Brazil

Race Healthful Alive Corpore FBG 25K

When: May 30, 2010
Location: Jockey Club, São Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian federacy of Gastroenterology (FBG) will organize a major digestive health awareness campaign in partnership with the WGO. With the support of the president of the FBG, Dr. Jaime Natan Eisig, a mini-marathon, 1ª Corpore Brazil, the Race Healthful Alive Corpore FBG will be organized. This mini-marathon will be altogether 25 kilometers long. The race is supported by the MSD laboratory and is proud to join forces with some local IBD associations to fight IBD in Brazil: GEDIIB (Brazilian Group of Studies of Inflammatory Illnesses in Brazil) and ABCD (Brazilian Association of Colite Ulcerativa and Doença de Crohn).

Symposium on TC and MR enterography for Crohn's disease

When: May 21, 2010, 7:30pm
Location: Serhs Hotel, Natal, Brasil
Contact: Dr. Marco Zerà´ncio 5584-99849496

A symposium on the new methods for diagnosing small bowel Crohn's disease and a lecture on TC and MR enterography will be held, followed by a discussion about clinical cases of patients with Crohn's disease.

WDHD - Chile

Conociendo las Enfermedades Inflamatorias Intestinales

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Sanatorio Marítimo Viña del Mar, Chile
Contact: Dr. Carlos Bustos Medina,

An educational event to raise awareness about IBD. This day will include three seminars, an artistic performance by a patient with IBD and the opportunity for questions to IBD experts. Jornada educativa y de difusión sobre las enfermedades inflamatorias intestinales. Incluye 3 conferencias, una intervención artística a cargo de una paciente para finalizar con una interacción de pregntas y respuestas con los asistentes.

See images from the WDHD event in Chile:

WDHD - China

Health Talk about IBD

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Beijing,China
Contact: Yakult China

Yakult will organize a Health Talk in Beijing in May.29,2010 to promote digestive heath awareness in China.

WDHD - Costa Rica

Simposio en Enfermedad Inflamatoria de intestino

When: May 29, 2010
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

It will be an activity of 3 hours with academic lectures in the area of diagnosis and treatment of IBD.

IBD patients Open House

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Gastroclinica LA training Center

It's an activity directed to patients with participation of GI specialist, Nutrition specialist and nurses to give education in areas of management of disease, nutrition, etc.

WDHD - Egypt

Approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

When: 3/2010
Location: Egypt- Mansoura University
Contact: Dr. Maha M. Maher, Associate Professor Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology And Hepatology Unit

CME -raise the awareness of IBD monthly scientific activity.

WDHD - El Salvador

IBD Awareness by doctors and the general public

When: May 29, 2010
Location: San Salvador (Central), San Miguel (East), Santa Ana (West)
Contact: Dr. Luis E. Mendez Avalos, Asociacion Salvadoreña de Gastroenterologia y Endoscopia de El Salvador

Press release of IBD awareness to the community.
Live information through TV(67)channel with a Gastroenterologist in San Miguel (East).
Conference in Santa Ana (West) Diagnosing IBD with colonoscopy and imaging techniques in Santa Ana (West).
Distribution of T-shirts with the WDHD Logo and Slogan to the public.
Distribution of Posters with IBD information and the WDHD Logo and Slogan to differents hospitals.

WDHD - Finland

Medi-evening: IBD, probiotics and diet

When: May 26, 2010
Location: Helsinki, Finland

Open seminar for health care professionals on IBD, probiotics and diet.

» Event Brochure

WDHD - Guatemala

Guatemalan IBD awareness meeting

When: May 19, 2010
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala. C.A.
Contact: Dr. Arturo Carranza Corzo (President, Guatemalan Gastroenterological Association),

A gala event will be organized to open the 2010 IBD awareness meeting, with an international speaker. Also, a social event for families, doctors and invited guests will be held in Guatemala city to raise awareness about IBD. Furthermore, several newspaper articles will be published in an effort to further raise IBD awareness among the general public.

WDHD - India

Awareness regarding IBD in rural India

When: May 1 - 30, 2010
Location: Pune District
Contact: Kayamkhani S.H., Digestive Endoscopy Centre, Clover Centre, 7 Moledina Road, Camp, Pune-411001, India

70% of India’s population lives in small towns and villages where sophisticated services and experts are not readily available. Most of the times patients having bleeding rectum are misdiagnosed with bleeding piles and are treated for the same, eventually to realize that they have some other medical problem. Hence we are going to stress both to general practitioners and the public how in rural part of India colonoscopy is an essential diagnostic tool, via local media and pamphlet distribution. We will offer discounted rates for these procedures during the whole month of May 2010 to get more people to take advantage.

Second National IBD Meeting

When: May 23, 2010
Location: New Delhi, India
Contact: Colitis Crohn's Foundation (India), 6-e Tagore Nagar, Ludhiana, India

The 2nd national IBD meeting under the hospices of the Colitis and Crohns Foundation ( India) is planned for May 23, 2010. This meeting is designed to be interactive focusing on both basic and clinical aspects of IBD. Both international and national experts will participate in this meeting.

International IBD Symposium

When: May 23, 2010
Location: New Delhi, India
Contact: Dr. Vandana Midha, Colitis Crohn's Foundation, 6E, Tagore Nagar, Ludhiana - 141 001, Punjab, India

The Colitis & Crohn's Foundation (CCF) India will bring together IBD specialists with international faculty members to promote better care for patient with IBD in a WDHD 2010 awareness event.

World Digestive Health Day 2010 Ceremony

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Bhubaneswar, India
Contact: Prof. S. P. Singh, Head, Dept. of Gastroenterology, S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack 753007, Odisha , India

At Bhubaneswar, we have been regularly observing WDHD every year. This year too we plan to observe it with involvement of the general public, patients, doctors and media.

The Secretaries of all three major Gastroenterology societies of India would be participating in this meet:
Prof. S.P. Singh, the Hony. Secretary of Indian National Association for Study of the Liver [INASL],
Prof. S.P. Misra, the Hony. Secretary of Indian Society of Gastroenterology [ISG], and
Dr. Mahesh K. Goenka, the Hony. Secretary of Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India [SGEI].

The Program would include Aceremonial Meeting, A IBD Symposium, and Release of IBD Patient awareness literature in Indian languages.

» Read full report on the WDHD event in Bhubaneswar
» Read article about WDHD in the Hindu Newspaper

Images of World Digestive Health Day in Bhubaneswar:

WDHD - Iran

World Digestive Health Week 2010

When: May 22-29, 2010
Location: Iran
Contact: Iranian Association of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Unit 1, No 13, Shahrivar Alley,Kargar-e-Shomali Ave, Tehran, Iran, Tel: +98 21 8833 5061-3,,

Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology celebrates World Digestive Health Week from 22 up to 29 May, 2009 (1- 8 Khordad 1389). We will have seminars for physicians, lectures for the general public, programs in Radio and TV and some articles in newspapers of the 11 provinces of Iran: Tehran, Qom, Mashhad, Isfahan, Kerman, Guilan, Sari, Golestan, Tabriz, Ahvaz and Shiraz.

WDHD - Ireland

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases - improving quality of life

When: June 14, 2010, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Location: Ireland
Contact: Andrea Doolan, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, BioSciences Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, Email:

World Digestive Health Day Public Forum
Chairperson & Speaker: Professor Eamonn Quigley, Professor of Medicine & Human Physiology, University College Cork (UCC), Principal Investigator, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) & Past President, World Gastroenterology Organisation.
Title: An IBD potpourroi; new inflammatory bowel disorders; IBS and IBD

Speaker: Prof David Rampton, Professor of Clinical Gastroenterology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Title: Quality of life in IBD: how can we improve it?

Speaker: Dr Paud O’Regan, Consultant Physician/Gastroenterologist, South Tipperary General Hospital
Title: Looking after IBD - what works?

» See article published in the Irish Times
» See program

See images from the WDHD event in Ireland :


Publication in Irish Medical Times

When: May 28, 2010
Location: Ireland
Contact: Mary Anne Kenny, Deputy Editor, Irish Medical Times, 24-26 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7, Ireland, 00353 1 817 6370

Article on WDHD in Irish Medical Times


Public Awareness Campaign on IBD

When: May 26, 2010
Location: Terni, Italy
Contact: Dr Mariano Quartini,

A one day event about IBD at the central square of Terni in collaboration with Archimede Ong, Gastroenterology Unit of Terni's Hospital and local patients affected by IBD.

WDHD - Jordan

Inflammatory Bowel Disease day

When: June 21, 2010
Location: Amman- Jordan Medical Association
Contact: Waseem Hamoudi M.D and Yousef Ajlouni M.D

Updated information about the medical management of IBD will be distributed to physicians that are interested in IBD. Public awareness campaign through the media will also further raise awareness about IBD in Jordan.

WDHD - Latvia

World Digestive Health Day 2010 - Awareness meeting

When: May 28, 2010
Location: Riga East University hospital, Riga, Latvia
Contact: Marcis Leja, 6 Linezera iela, LV Riga, Latvia,, ph.: +371-67040367

Awareness meeting on IBD for medical specialists (gastroenterologists, GPs, internists, etc.)

Press release

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Latvia
Contact: Marcis Leja,, ph.: +371-67040367

Press release on IBD that addresses the general population. Additionally, we will promote IBD awareness on our website.

WDHD - Malaysia

World Digestive Health Day 2010

When: May 29, 2010
Location: IKANO Power Centre, Petaling Jaya
Contact: Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, G-1, Medical Academies of Malaysia, 210, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology will be celebrating World Digestive Health Day for the second time in Malaysia in an effort to promote the awareness of digestive health and Inflammatory Bowel Disease through educational and fun-filled family oriented activities.

Activities lined up are: official ceremony on May 29, launch of a digestive health guidebook by Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology for the masses, series of educational press articles (in three languages) and a series of nationwide roadshows.

Sponsor: Vitagen Healthy Tummies Programme.

World Digestive Health Day in Malaysia

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Jusco Bukit Tinggi Klang, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: Amy Yep, Email: and Leong Wai Yin, Email:

World Digestive Health Day will be celebrated in Malaysia by raising awareness about digestive health and probiotics.

Sponsor: Nestle

WDHD - México

México. Día Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 7, 2010
Location: WGO Training Center INNCMSZ at Mexico City
Contact: Dr. Juan Francisco and J Rivera Ramos

Clinic Symposium for doctors and the general public about Inflammatory Bowel Disease, with the participation of local academics, such as Dr. Miguel àngel Valdovinos, Dr. Juan Francisco J Rivera Ramos, Dra. Flkorencia Vargas V, Dr José Luis Tamayo, Dr. Misael Uribe,Dr. José Kazuo Yamamoto, and International IBD experts Dr. Eamonn Quigley, Dr. Richard Fedorak and Dr. Anurag Agrawal.

Throughout the year, IBD awareness has been raised on the radio, TV and newspapers and also on the AMG and CMG websites.

» See Event Brochure
» See Event Program

WDHD - Pakistan

PSG 26th Annual Congress KPK Chapter

When: May 28-30, 2010
Location: PC Bhruban Murree
Contact: A/Prof AAMIR GHAFOOR KHAN, Host President 26th PSG International Congress PC Bhruban Murree, Pakistan

A awareness walk will be held plus a full fledged symposia on IBD with speakers from overseas plus local faculty will give talks on various aspect of IBD.

WDHD - Russia

Modern Tendencies in IBD treatment

When: May 28, 2010
Location: Moscow, Russia
Contact: Igor Khalif

On 28 May 2010 international Conference “Modern Tendencies in IBD Treatment” dedicated to WDHD took place in Moscow. The Conference was attended by IBD specialists, as well as gastroenterologists, coloproctologists, and pediatricians with participants from all over Russia starting from Russian Far East (Vladivostok city) and up to St.Petersburg. President of the Russian Coloproctology Association Professor G.I.Vorobiev stressed the importance of the given Conference and topicality of the problem, as only in unification of gastroenterologists and coloproctologists it is possible to achieve good results in treatment of this group of patients. Many reports there were devoted to high-tech therapy methods that provide high efficiency of treatment. Professor E.Quigley was the guest speaker.

See Images from the WDHD event in Moscow:

WDHD - Saudi Arabia

IBD DAY 2010

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Riyadh, KSA
Contact: Enmaeayt Trading Co., P.O.BOX: 305435, Riyadh,11361, Saudi Arabia, Tel.: +966-1-2153903 / 2153904, Fax: +966-1-2153905

Patient information leaflets, disease background to patients about IBD

WDHD - Spain

Dia Mundial Salud Digestiva

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Madrid (Spain)
Contact: Fundación Española del Aparato Digestivo (FEAD)

A open day about the IBS in Madrid dowtown with media presence. Participation with Patient, doctors, and general population.

Images of Dia Mundial Salud Digestiva:


» Listen to a radio transmission about WDHD See transmission on EFE TV

» See Press Release

International IBD Day. Madrid - Mallorca

When: May 27, 2010
Location: Madrid - Mallorca
Contact:, Web:

Videoconference between two scenaries: Madrid and Palma de Mallorca. Patients will be in Palma and will ask questions to the doctors located in Madrid.

» See Event Program in Spanish

WDHD - Sudan

Inflammatory bowel Disease symposium

When: June 11, 2010
Location: Alsalam Rotana Hotel, Sudan
Contact: Abdelmounem Eltayeib Abdo, Secretary General

1/Introduction WGO IBD international day 8:00-8:10
Professor Mohamed Elmakki ( Alrashid)
2/Pathology of IBD 08:10 - 8:30
Prof M Ahmed Alhassan
3/Diagnosis and advances in endoscopic assessment 8:30pm 8:50 pm
Prof SS Fedail
4/Differential diagnosis of IBD 08:50-09:10
Dr Abdelmounem E Abdo
6/Management of IBD 09:10-09:30
Dr Hatem Mudawi
7/Living with IBD 09:30-09:50
Mohamed Ali Altahir

WDHD - Syria

World IBD Day in Syria

When: February 2, 2010
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Damascus, Syria
Contact: Dr. Eddin Haj

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Health in Syria, the Syrian Group for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), in collaboration with the Syrian Society of Gastroenterology, organized a WDHD event that highlighted IBD with the aim to raise awareness about the disease.

See image from the event:

WDHD - United Arab Emirates

Gulf IBD Awaraness Day

When: May 29, 2010
Location: UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain
Contact: MSD Gulf

Awareness meeting

World Digestive Day - Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

When: May 27, 2010
Location: Haad Auditorium - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Contact:  Emirates Society of Gastroenterology - Abu Dhabi Group - Makki H Fayadh

4.5 hours activity CME accredited by haad.
Speakers from the main hospitals in UAE
Topics and speakers are:
World Gastroenterology Day Inflammatory Bowel Diseases - Emirates Society of Gastroenterology in collaboration with the World Gastroenterology Organisation
Thursday May 27, 2010
Registration 5.00-5.30 pm

Chair person Salim Awad
Co-Chair person-Rayhan Hashimy
Introduction 5.30-5.35 Dr Adnan Abu Hammour
IBD Epidemiology 5.35-6.00 Dr Makki Fayadh
Endoscopy in IBD 6.00-6.30 Dr Esko Janatuinen
Capsule Endoscopy in IBD 6.30-7.00 Dr Sameh Fakhry
Cancer surveillance in IBD 7.00-7.30 Dr Nigel Umar Beejay

Break 7.30-8.00

Chair person Samih Fakhri
Co-Chair person Makki Fayadh
Safety of Biologics in IBD 8.00-8.15 Dr Salim Awad
Treatment of IBD Dr Waleed AL Azmi 8.15-8.30
Opportunistic infection in Crohns 8.30-8.50 Dr Rayhan Hashemy
Case Capsule 8.50-9.10 Dr Kaiser Raja
Case presentations with interactive discussion 9.10-10.00 Dr Makki Fayadh/Dr Salim Awad/Dr Saba Al Bazzaz

» Read full WDHD event report from the UAE

See picture from the WDHD 2010 event at the UAE:

City Hospital IBD day

When: May 29, 2010
Location: City Hospital, Dubai, UAE
Contact: Dr Peter Barrow, City Hospital, Dubai

Seminar for patients and families suffering from IBD

WDHD - Ukraine


When: May 28, 2010
Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Medical conference

WDHD - Uruguay

Public Awareness Campaign

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Contact: Dr. Carolina Olano, Email:

An open day about IBD aimed to the community, in collaboration with the local patient association. The Uruguayan WGO member society will distribute educational material about WDHD 2010 at this patient awareness event.

» See IBD awareness materials from Uruguay

Update Course on IBD

When: June 11-12, 2010
Location: Radisson Victoria Plaza, Montevideo
Contact: Dr. Carolina Olano, Email: 

The Uruguayan Society of Gastroenterology and the Clinic of Gastroenterology (School of Medicine) are organizing a Clinic Symposium for doctors about diagnosis and treatment on IBD with the participation of local and regional experts.

WDHD - United States

American College of Gastroenterology Marks World IBD Day, World Digestive Health Day with Release of New IBD Online Resources, ACG Expert Tips

When: May 19, May 29, 2010
Contact: Anne-Louise Oliphant and Jacqueline Gaulin,, 301-263-9000

In a press release today, the American College of Gastroenterology has announced its support of World IBD Day (May 19) and World Digestive Health Day, (May 29), global awareness efforts that are bringing physician and patient groups together to raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). With an emphasis on helping patients live well despite their IBD, the College is making the latest ACG practice guidelines for the management of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis in adults available to physicians and patients via a new online IBD Resource Page, where the College also unveils a patient must-have, “ACG Expert Tips for Living Well with IBD, ” which was created by the ACG IBD Task Force.

» Visit the new ACG IBD Resource Page
» Access "ACG Expert Tips for Living Well with IBD"

WDHD - Venezuela

Meeting for creating a Venezuelan IBD Group

When: April 23-24, 2010
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Contact: Dr. Guillermo Veitia. Sociedad Venezolana de Gastroenterología, 058-4265-333333

National meeting for creating Venezuelan IBD Group.

» Read WDHD report in Spanish
» See educational materials

See images from the educational events in Venezuela:


National meeting for gastroenterology

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Hacienda Tácata. Estado Miranda. Venezuela
Contact: Dr. Guillermo Veitia. Sociedad Venezolana de Gastroenterología

Gastrolearning 2010 with Gastroenterologist residents from all the country with IBD round table.

Gastrolearning 2010. IBD Round Table

When: May 29, 2010
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Contact: Dr. Guillermo Veitia. Education Seccion. Venezuela Gastroenterology Society

We are going to do next saturday 29 a meeting with the gastroenterologies residents from all Venezuela and we will be doing a IBD Round Table in order to talk about IBD, diagnosis and treatment with clinics cases. We will be giving them information about the april 2010 meeting IBD Venezuela Group, where we are organicing this Group in our country.