Ongoing WDHD Campaigns

World Digestive Health Day 2011 was celebrated in many countries all over the world. WGO invites you to view the WDHD 2011 Success Stories, a showcase that presents the highlights of 2011 WDHD.

(Click on an event title to view the complete success story.)


Gastrointestinal Mucosa: Endoscopic, Clinical and Pathomorphological Parallels in the Pathological Changes Diagnosis

When: May 26 - 27, 2011
Location: Minsk, Belarus

Participating countries: Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Russia. The purpose of this meeting is to teach and inform about the state-of-the-art in the field of gastroenterology, clinical applications and research.


Protecting the System that Fuels our Lives on World Digestive Health Day

When: May 29, 2011
Location: Canada
Contact: The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

Distribution of an e-newsletter to subscribers announcing WDHD and its theme as well as providing information on diarrhea and a “Did you know?” questionnaire in the newsletter. Watch the Facebook page and Twitter account which will have information about WDHD.


Día Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 26 and 27, 2011
Location: Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile, Santiago

El Salvador

Dia Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 2011
Location: El Salvador

Newspaper articles focusing on World Digestive Health Day

Enteric Infections

When: May 29, 2011
Location: San Salvador, Santa Ana & San Miguel
Host: Asociación Salavadoreña de Gastroenterología y Endoscopía Digestiva

Talks of Enteric Infections, in the west, central (Children Hospital) and east part of the country to raise awareness especially in family groups, and also TV Chanel 23 for the eastern place of the country.


Nurses Club on Digestion

When: May 25, 2011
Location: Helsinki, Finland

Seminar for health care personnel, especially nurses. Aim is to promote awareness of digestive inflammatory diseases and the role of gut microbes, probiotics and diet.


WDHD 2011 & ISG Midterm Conference

When: May 29, 2011
Location: Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar, India

WDHD and the Indian Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) Midterm Conference will be held in Bhubaneswar on 28th & 29th May 2011. Faculty for the program include: Prof V.I. Mathan, Prof. Minnie Mathan, Prof BS Ramakrishna, Member of the WGO WDHD Committee, Prof Ashok Chacko, President of ISG, Prof. SP Misra, Hon. Secy. of ISG, Prof. S.P. Singh, Hon. Secretary of INASL [Indian National Association for Study of the Liver], Prof. SK Acharya from AIIMS, New Delhi, Prof. Rakesh Aggarwal from SGPGI, Lucknow and a large number of leading gastroenterologists from across the country.

On 29 May morning, there will be a formal WDHD Ceremony inaugurated by Prof. VI Mathan who has made tremendous contributions to Enteric infections: prevention and management. After an introduction to WDHD by Prof. S.P. Singh, Prof. VI Mathan would deliver the keynote address on WDHD Theme. This would be followed by a Symposium on enteric infections. On the preceding day there will be a Half-Day “MIDTERM ISG CONFERENCE” with symposia on hepatic and pancreatobiliary disorders.

World Digestive Health Day

When: May 29, 2011
Host: Global Hospitals - Institute of Advanced Gastroentrology & Therapeutic Endoscopy(Hyderabad | Bengaluru | Chennai | Mumbai)

In India, an article was listed on the social media site for Global Hospitals - Institute of Advanced Gastroentrology & Therapeutic Endoscopy Here


World Digestive Health Day - Public Lecture

When: June 01, 2011
Location: Lecture Theatre G01, Brookfield Health Science Complex, University College Cork

Professor Eamonn Quigley
Professor of Medicine & Human Physiology, University College Cork (UCC), Principal Investigator, APC & Past President, World Gastroenterology Organisation
Post-infectious IBS; what is it and who gets it?

-Enteric pathogens and infections; what’s new and what’s to do?
Prof. Colin Hill, UCC & Principal Investigator, APC
-IBS, food and stress; new insights, new approaches
Dr. Orla Craig, Cork University Hospital


World Digestive Health Week

When: May 22-29, 2011
Location: Iran
Organizer: Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Seminars will be held for physicians, as well as programs in Radio and TV and articles in newspapers at 9 provinces of the country.

See Article Here

See Poster & Brochure


World Digestive Day 2011 in Latvia

When: September, 2011
Location: Riga East University hospital

The conference will be targeting general practice physicians, gastroenterologists as well as physicians of various specialties. Topics will cover bowel disease, including gastrointestinal infections.


World Digestive Day

When: May 25-29, 2011
Location: Oval Concourse, One Utama Shopping Centre, Malaysia

Every year, an official ceremony of World Digestive Health Day Malaysia will be held on May 29 in high-traffic shopping malls, officiated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. It was held in malls to reach out to more public as our main purpose is to educate the public & reduce the prevalence of digestive disease/disorders in Malaysia. The official ceremony is followed by 3-day road show.

Official Ceremony Details:
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Venue: Oval Concourse, One Utama Shopping Centre
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
VIP to officiate: Datuk Rosnah, Abdul Haji, Rashid Shirlin, Deputy Minister of Health Malaysia


World Digestive Health Day

When: May 2011
Location: Mexico

A clinical symposium coordinated by Dr. Miguel A. Valdovinos, Coordinator of the WGO Training Center in Mexico, has been organized this year by the Mexican Gastroenterology Association (AMG).



When: June 1, 2011
Location: Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan
Contact: A/Prof Aamir Ghafoor Khan FRCP, FACG, Head Dept of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar,

A Public awareness meeting about Enteric Infection Prevention will be held with participation from local community doctors and specialist. An awareness walk would also be arranged plus satellite meetings in other cities like Mardan.



When: 2010-2011
Location: Philippines

PSG GREENS- Gastroenterologists for Reforestation and Environmental Sustainability and the PSG POWS- Potable Water System

The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology, on the occasion of its golden anniversary, embarked on the process of redefining its future by examining the past accomplishments of the society and the current ongoing projects and advocacy programs geared towards the attainment of the society’s vision- mission. Two priority advocacy programs which are consistent not only with the goals identified, but also with the national health issues, particularly are control of preventable diseases linked to poor sanitation and nutrition.

Cognizant of existing and future global environmental health issues, The “PSG GREENS- Gastroenterologists for Reforestation and Environmental Sustainability“ and the “PSG POWS- Potable Water System” were conceptualized and realized. The 3 year project that shall ensure that PSG GREENS and the DLSHSI OMTB (One Million Trees and Beyond) will 1) Protect a three hectare forest area for a period of three years; 2) Plant 3,000 seedlings for the 3 year period; and 3) Clear and maintain a three hectare forest for a period of three years . On October 10, 2010 the 50th anniversary of the society, the two projects were undertaken by the Civic Action Committee chaired by Dr. Hilda Dina Gonzales with five members: Drs. Cirilo Chan, Teresita Gamutan, Russellini Magdaong, Yvonne Mina and Digna Pena.

Together with students and academic staff volunteers from DLSHSI and the Dept of Environment and Natural Resources, the PSG 1st Vice President Dr. Marceliano Aquino Jr. the PSG Secretary, Dr. Joseph Bocobo and the Chair and four members of the Civic Action Committee, one thousand seedlings of plant species tuai, kalingag, dita, tamayuan, batiro and malagiting giting were planted on a cleared area of land in the steep Mount Palay- Palay in Mt. Palay Palay National Park Ternate, Cavite.


Día Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 26, 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Contact: Fundación Española del Aparato Digestivo

Event addressed to the general population with special interest in the prevention of gastrointestinal infections.

South Africa

WDHD 2011

When: May & throughout 2011
Location: South Africa

A notice was included in the Journal - SA Gastroenterology Review - which is due to come out in August.

An event is being planned for later in the year, and details will soon be available



When: May 2011
Location: Ukraine

This year a medical conference will be organized which consists of 400-500 doctors, gastroenterologists, GPs, infectionists, dietitians and pediatricians from 26 regions of Ukraine. The main scientific Institutions are: Institute of Gastroenterology, Institute of Therapy, Postgraduate medical Academies from Kiev and other regions and Medical Universities. This year’s slogan: "We are what we eat" will be organized around enteric infections in Ukraine and quality of water and food.

There is collaboration between Ukraine and other countries, and the main scientific curator of WDHD in Ukraine is Medical Academy member, prof, MD in gastroenterology, Kharchenko Natalya.

United Arab Emirates


When: May 29, 2011
Location: Dubai, UAE

The Emirates Gastroenterology Society has organized a 2 hour symposia on Enteric Infections as part of the WDHD 2011 Celebrations.


Dia Mundial de la Salud Digestiva, Uruguay

When:May 27 to May 29, 2011
Location: Uruguay

There will be two events on May 27th, for the Medical Community at the most important Public Children Hospital with a lecture about Acute Diarrhea, Global Guidelines and Cascades, and on the 29th pointed to the public in order to awake community awareness, at different parks in our city, with mimes who will be playing small acts and handing out a brochure with educational information. The media will be invited and also educational material will be included in our website.



AGA Institute International
Sponsored by the AGA Institute International Committee
Co-sponsored by the Intestinal Disorders Council Section
When: 05/10/2011
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Room: S405 (McCormick Place)
Chair(s): Peter R. Holt, Harry Greenberg
Participants will be able to:
    Illustrate the global impact of diarrhea
    Recognize diarrhea related diseases

971218 An Overview of the Problem (30 minutes)
Myron M. Levine

971229 Pathophysiology of Infectious Diarrhea (30 minutes)
Balakrishnan S. Ramakrishna, MD, PhD

971236 Vaccines: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure (30 minutes)
Harry Greenberg, MD


World Digestive Health Day: Enteric Infections: Prevention and Management

When: May 2011
Location: Venezuela

The Department of Gastroenterology at the University Hospital of Maracaibo, Venezuela "Regional Reference Center of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Hepatology" and the Venezuelan Society of Gastroenterology, aware of the immense commitment they have with the community, while serving and meeting its needs, join together with great enthusiasm to celebrate World Digestive Health Day under this year’s theme: Enteric Infections: Prevention and Management, for which we have organized a community forum, with a call for 250 attendees publicized through various media outlets such as print, radio and TV. We consider this is an opportunity to educate and generate changes in the health of the individual, with the approach of gastroenterologists to their community.

It is important to highlight that our goal is to "Integrate the community in implementing social action programs to achieve their participation in improving their health."