Taking a look back at the highlights of UEG Digestive Health Month

During the month of May, UEG celebrated their third annual Digestive Health Month in order to raise awareness of a variety of chronic digestive diseases.

During the month of May, UEG celebrated their third annual Digestive Health Month in order to raise awareness of a variety of chronic digestive diseases.

There were three main events during the month, which included two awareness days; World IBD Day on 19 May and World Digestive Health Day, coordinated by the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), on 29 May. New to this year’s agenda was the very exciting launch of the MEP Digestive Health Group in the European Parliament on 15 May.

World IBD Day and World Digestive Health Day

On 19 May, World IBD Day took place with the aim to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel disease. UEG worked collaboratively with the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFFCA) to help spread awareness of inflammatory bowel disease and how this is impacting public health. To finalise the month, World Digestive Health Day took place on 29 May, which is organised each year by the WGO. The theme changes each year, and this year’s focus was on viral hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis B and C are the most common forms of the virus in Europe. In support of the day, UEG produced a new infographic on hepatitis B and C across Europe. The infographic was produce in collaboration with the WGO, the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and the European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA).
View the infographic

Launch of the MEP Digestive Health Group

The MEP Digestive Health Group will aim to serve as a platform for exchange between the scientific community and policy makers to ensure that digestive health becomes and continues to be an integral part of the EU agenda. The successful launch was co-hosted by MEP Pavel Poc and MEP Nessa Childers and took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. To support the MEP group launch, a report on the state of chronic digestive diseases across Europe, focusing on the continent’s current issues, challenges and inequalities, was also published.
View the MEP report

Thank you to our partners!

UEG would like to thank all of the organisations and stakeholders that attended the launch of the MEP Digestive Health Group in Brussels and for those that have engaged and supported Digestive Health Month on social media! If you would like to see more of went on during the month of May, visit UEG’s Twitter and view the discussions under the hashtags #DigestiveHealthMonth and #MEP_DHG.  Visit the WGO website Visit the EFFCA website Visit the ELPA website Visit the EASL website

The MEP Digestive Health Group 

Learn more about the mission and activities of this group of 17 MEPs from all different political groups and a variety of Member States and chaired by MEP Pavel Poc.

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3rd European Digestive Cancer Days

Europe’s leading experts, policymakers and patient organisation came together to discuss opportunities in detection of digestive cancers.

The 3rd European Digestive Cancer Days took place in Prague between September 26-27, chaired by Thierry Ponchon, Chair of UEG’s Public Affairs Committee and Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic.

The meeting saw Europe’s leading experts, policymakers and patient organisation representatives come together from all over the continent to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the early detection of digestive cancers. Opening the conference, Pavel Poc MEP stated that Europe is failing in its fight against cancer, pointing out that cancer kills approximately the same number of people as a ‘jumbo jet crashing every single day’, but that the political will to fight cancer is not proportionate to that of other such disasters.

Download our summary report to learn more about the European Digestive Cancer Days 2017