Ongoing WDHD Campaigns

The WGO invites all WGO Member Societies, WGO Training Centers, WGO Regional Affiliates, and other WGO partners to submit their World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) events by clicking here. We encourage you to send photos and, submit articles and information on your event to be showcased throughout the year on this webpage, WDHD 2017 Events & Success Stories, and in WGO publications including e-WGN.  


Día Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: 29 May, 2017
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Address: Marcelo T. de Alvear 1381-9º Piso-C105AAU
Organizer: Sociedad Argentina de Gastroenterología (SAGE)
Phone: (5411) 4816-9391

Event Description:
In the context of the celebration of World Digestive Health Day, the Argentine Society of Gastroenterology (SAGE) will offer a realm of training and scientific opportunities to medical professionals, as well as an educational area to the community. SAGE's President, Dra. Sonia Niveloni, and Vice-President, Dr. Ubaldo Gualdrini, will give information to a group of journalists about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Specialists in IBD will provide a description, epidemiology, symptomatology, diagnostic and treatment of IBD, and also a clarification about the gastroenterologists role. IBD patients will be interviewed and will share their experiences in living with IBD, the social and emotional impact, and the importance of the multidisciplinary team to achieve an appropriate quality of life. To find more information, please visit the website listed above.


United European Gastroenterology (UEG) - The IBD Journey Video

When: 29 May, 2017
Location: Vienna, Austria

Event Description:
In celebration of World Digestive Health Day 2017, UEG in association with WGO, ECCO, EFFCA, ESPGHAN, and ESNM produced an educational video on the extreme challenges of living life with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Please view the video here.

United European Gastroenterology (UEG) - #IBDTALK Twitter Chat

When: 30 May, 2017
Organizer: United European Gastroenterology, Young ECCO (European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation) Committee

Event Description:
In support of the theme for World Digestive Health Day 2017 and to support Digestive Health Month, UEG will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on Tuesday, 30 May at 20:30 CET. To join the chat, use the hashtag #IBDtalk


2017 RISE Revolution Cycle

When: 9 July 2017; 20 August 2017; 16-17 September 2017
Location: Penticton, BC; Drummondville, QC; Collingwood, ON
Organizer: Canadian Digestive Health Foundation 

Event Description:
RISE up against IBD this summer with the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. We want you to get your guts in gear and join us for the fun, excitement and personal satisfaction of cycling some of Canada's most scenic roads to support the good health of family, friends and communities across the country.

The RISE Revolution Cycle for the CDHF will be traveling to BC for the first time in 2017! These cycling events are the biggest and most exhilarating events of the year. Join us in July for what promised to be the most energizing ride of the season!

Visit to learn more about each event and to register today.

 Czech Republic

World Digestive Health Day Event

When: 27 April - 31 May 2017
Location: Prague
Address: Polska 1664/15
Organizer: Czech Society of Gastroenterology, Czech IBD Patients Association
Phone: 604898604


World Digestive Health Day 2017

When: 26-29 May 2017
Location: IMA Hall
Address: Chaitanyaa Gastro Intestinal Care & Endoscopy Centre, 2nd Cross, CSI Layout, Tumakuru-572102
Phone: 9632222233

Event Description:
The following programs and activities have been planned in India to celebrate World Digestive Health Day 2017: a walkathon as a public awareness event; awareness for school and college children; IBD awareness article to be published in local newspaper; IBD awareness on a television program; an educational program for IBD patients; CME for all physicians of TUMKURU district at IMA Hall Tumakuru.

IBD Week

When: 29 May - 02 June, 2017
Location: KMC Hospital at Manipal
Organizer: Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Kasturba Medical College at Manipal

Event Description:
One week program focused on IBD is planned at the medical college hospital. Throughout the week a camp will be conducted with diagnostic services, nutritional support, health education, and vaccination for one week in the outpatient department of the hospital. IBD awareness will be done using audio visual aid. CME will be held for physicians and surgeons.

World Digestive Health Day 2017

When: 29 May - 31 August, 2017
Location: Hotel MAYFAIR, Bhubaneswar, INDIA
Organizer(s): Department of Gastroenterology - SCB Medical College, Kalinga Gastroenterology Foundation, Indian Society of Gastroenterology (ISG) - Odisha Chapter
Phone: +91 671 2505466

Event Description:
This event will be jointly organized by Kalinga Gastroenterology Foundation, the Department of Gastroenterology - SBD Medical College and the Odisha State Chapter of ISG. The event will be an awareness campaign on Inflammatory Bowel Disease for physicians and the general public. A public education program will be launched with release of educational brochures on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Odia (the regional language of Odisha), Hindi (the National language of India) and English. This will be accompanied by a Press Meet to create awareness on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Besides, a CME will be organized for postgraduate students, family physicians, internists and gastroenterologists. In addition, during the next 3 months, the CME program will be telecast to the peripheral doctors in different districts of the State. To view the program schedule, click here.

Workshop on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

When: 29 May, 2017
Location: National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC), East Campus  
Address: 302, School of Bio-Technology, NITC East Campus, Calicut - 673601, Kerala
Organizer(s): Prof. Premraj Pushpakaran at the School of Bio-Technology - NITC
Phone: 9645740050

World Digestive Health Day Programme at Calicut

When: 29 May, 2017
Location: IMA Hall, Calicut, Kerala
Address: IMA Hall Road, Near Zilla Bungalow, Calicut - 673001, Kerala
Organizer(s): Calicut Gut Club, Indian Medical Association - Kozhikode Branch
Phone: +91 984 6086770

Event Description:
CME programme for General Practice doctors in connection with World Digestive Health Day 2017. The topic of the programme was Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The speaker for the programme was Prof. Varghese Thomas, Professor of Gastroenterology at Government Medical College in Calicut, Kerala, India.


World Digestive Health Day

When: 22-29 May 2017
Location: Peyrovian Hall
Address: Shariati Hospital, Kargar-e-Shomali Avenue, Tehran
Organizer: Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Phone: 98 21 8801 2089

Event Description:
The Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (IAGH) will host a digestive heatlh week program that includes scientific seminars in 10 provinces including Tehran, Qom, Khorasan, Kerman, Guilan, Mazandaran, Golestan, East Azerbayejan, Fars and Isfahan. Also, IAGH will publish scientific articles in newspapers, magazines and news sites and, conduct Radio and TV interviews to inform the general public. Posters and brochures will be distributed to the general public, as well.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day

When: 29-30 May, 2017
Location: Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences
Address: Zorig Street, Ulaanbaatar 14210, Mongolia
Organizer(s): Mongolian Gastroenterology Association, Hepato Gastroenterologist Club, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences
Phone: 976 99747339

Event Description:
This event will include lectures, covering management topics "Inflammatory Bowel Disease prevalence in Mongolia" and "Diagnostic Criteria and Management." This event will provide for free to students and physicians the WGO Global Guideline and Cascade on IBD released from the World Gastroenterology Organisation and translated in Mongolian. Also, a Medical Question Asking Event will be held at the Mongolian National University of Medical Science, for medical students between their 3rd to 6th year.

The public citizen will be provided healthy diet advice, as well as preventive examination will be given.

The event will be open and free of charge to the general public, medical students, and medical professionals.


World Digestive Health Day Public Talk

When: 29 May, 2017
Location: Yangon General Hospital (YGH)
Organizer(s): ANZGITA (Australian & New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association), WGO Myanmar Training Center

Event Description:
World Digestive Health Day 2017 was observed at the GI unit, Yangon General Hospital (YGH) through a public event. Prof Thein Myint, Head of the GI Unit, was one of the speakers and there were questions from the audience of 500.


Evolving Concepts in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

When: 17 May, 2017
Location: University Auditorium, Clifton Karachi 
Organizer: Ziauddin University, Karachi

Event Description:
An interactive CME seminar on World Digestive Health Day.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - Novel Challenges and Opportunities

When: 13 May 2017
Location: The West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin, Aula im. prof. Skoczowskiego Ul. 26 kwietnia, Szczecin, Poland.
Address: Department of Gastroenterology, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin

Event Description:
The West Pomeranian Division of the Polish Society of Gastroenterology, in association with the Department of Gastroenterology - Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, the Polish Celiac Society and European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO), will be organizing an even on 13 May 2017 to celebrate World Digestive Health Day, titled "Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - Novel Challenges and Opportunities." This event will include state of the art lectures delivered by key opinion leaders in gastroenterology and internal medicine. The topics will cover novel diagnostics, therapeutic and prognostic concepts in the management of patients with IBD. Special attention will be given to the role of gut microbiota as well as dietary and psychological strategies to manage IBD. The new spectrum of clinical entities associated with microscopic and gut barrier abnormalities will be discussed. Non-profit organizations of patients with IBD and Celiac disease will take part in a public debate on social problems related to diseased gut. This event is open and free of charge to the general public as well as health professionals. Participants will be invited to taste ecologic and gluten free food delivered by local manufacturers.


IBD Single Topic Conference

When: 04 February 2017
Location: Myriad Crystal Center, Lisbon
Address: Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01 (Parque das Nações), 1990-173 Lisbon, Portugal
Organizer: Portuguese Society of Gastroenterology, WGO Training Center - Porto

Event Description:
The Portuguese Society of Gastroenterology hosted a one-day meeting that discussed practical aspects of therapeutic diagnosis of IBD. The conference was endorsed by the American College of Gastroenterology.


Día Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: 29 May - 8 June, 2017
Location: Madrid
Organizer: Fundación Española del Aparato Digestivo (FEAD), Spanish Society of Digestive Diseases (SEPD)

Event Description:
In the context of World Digestive Health Day, the Spanish Society of Digestive Diseases (SEPD) launched through its foundation (FEAD) an informational campaign about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The informational campaign may be found on


Public Information Meeting about Inflammatory Bowel Disease

When: 18 May 2017
Location: Izmir, Turkey
Address: Izmir Balcova Termal Otel
Organizer: Turkish Gastroenterology Association
Phone: 90 312 2841511

To view the flyer for the event, click here.

 United Arab Emirates

IBD Update 2017

When: 22 May 2017
Location: Dubai
Organizer: Emirates Gastroenterology Society
Phone: 00971506570687

Event Description:
To celebrate World Digestive Health Day 2017, the Emirates Gastroenterology Society in collaboration with European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) will host a scientific meeting, "IBD Update 2017."

 United States of America

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Blog Post

When: 29 May, 2017
Location: ACG Headquarters
Address: Besthesda, Maryland
Organizer: American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

Event Description:
To mark World Digestive Health Day 2017, ACG developed a blog post about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that includes education resources for physicians and patients. To view the blog post, click here.


Simposio Internacional de Enfermedad Inflamatoria Intestinal

When: 9 - 10 June, 2017
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Address: Radisson Victoria Plaza Hotel
Organizer: Department of Gastroenterology of the Universidad de la República Uruguay.
Phone: (058) 24871515 (int. 2226)

To view the flyer for the event, click here.