Ongoing WDHD Campaigns

In support of the 2021 campaign, World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) is pleased to provide tools and resources for use across the globe.

Available tools and resources:

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Aims of the WDHD 2021 Campaign

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) has partnered with The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) to raise awareness of Obesity as the ongoing pandemic through its annual public advocacy and awareness campaign, World Digestive Health Day (WDHD).

Through a multi-faceted WDHD 2021 campaign, WGO and IFSO seek to:

  • Raise awareness of the role obesity plays in health, disease and its management, especially in countries that make up the memberships of WGO and IFSO.

  • Provide gastroenterologists, surgeons, nutritionists their patients, and the lay public, with an understanding of the latest basic and clinical research in the pathogenesis, investigation and treatment of obesity.

  • Translate the results of research into clinical practice and facilitate communication between physicians, allied health professionals, healthcare payers, and the public.

  • Provide simple messages for the general public in order to assist them in understanding how obesity affects one's daily life and its importance in one's health.

  • Provide the lay public general information that  may be used to discuss with their health care provider potential management of obesity  that incorporates appropriate investigations, prevention, treatment, appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice  relevant to their condition and circumstances.

WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades

The WGO Guidelines Library contains 26 practice guidelines with cascades written from a viewpoint of global applicability. The following WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades are featured as useful resources for the WDHD 2021 campaign. The guidelines are globally applicable, and the cascades offer different options for diagnosis and treatment depending on the resources available.

Click on a link below to view the respective Guideline and Cascade. The Guidelines are available in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Biocodex Microbiota Institute

In partnership with the Biocodex Microbiota Institute, please find below some additional resources for both the general public and healthcare professional.

The Biocodex Microbiota Institute is an international scientific institution that aims to foster health through spreading knowledge about the human microbiota. To do so, the Institute addresses both healthcare professionals and the general public to raise their awareness about the central role of this still little-known organ of the body.

The Biocodex Microbiota Institute has the following:

  • A website available in 7 languages
  • More than a million visitors in 2020
  • 12 Microbiota magazines
  • More than 300 current topics
  • 10 new articles per month
  • Follow the Twitter account for healthcare professionals @Microbiota_Inst :

Obesity and Excess Weight To download the file, click here!

For the general public:

For the healthcare professional:

Microbiota Hard Talks Series

Microbiota Hard Talks

The Microbiota Hard Talks series is aimed at providing medical education in the field of the human gut microbiota. These videos feature experts and like-minded colleagues from around the globe on state-of-the-art microbiota topics.

To view a video, follow the links below to create a free account. After accessing your account, select 'Previous Webinars' in the blue toolbar. Select the title of the respective webinar you desire to watch, highlighted in purple. After viewing a Microbiota Hard Talk, a Certificate of Participation may be downloaded directly from the player.

Exploring the hidden world of Human Gut Microbiota
Francisco Guarner, MD, PhD
University Hospital Vall d'Hebron (Barcelona, Spain)

Use and Abuse of Antibiotics in the Microbiota Era
Charalabos Pothoulakis, MD, PhD
University of California UCLA (Los Angeles, United States)

The Gut-Brain Connection: Can the Gut Control the Brain?
Luis Maria Bustos-Fernández, MD
Institute of Gastroenterology “Dr. Bustos Fernadez” (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

The Microbiota of the Stomach - Helicobacter pylori and Beyond
Richard Hunt, MD, PhD
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and Microbiota
Eamonn Quigley, MD, PhD
David M Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders (Houston, United States)

Missing Microbes and Misplaced Microbes - facts and fiction
Fergus Shanahan, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine at University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland

Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian offers a unique service to members of WGO Member Societies who do not have easy access to high quality clinical and research information. The 'Ask a Librarian' desk is staffed by professional medical librarians who can provide support with searching all relevant research and clinical literature databases for you.

Please note that this service is made available to those countries with poor access as defined by HINARI criteria. Click Here to view information on eligibility.

WDHD 2021 Logo

The WDHD logo is provided to help you promote your WDHD 2021 initiative. Download the logo below. Please note that the WDHD logo is for non-commercial use only.

WDHD 2021 Color Logo

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WDHD Banner

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