The third Digestive Health Month campaign will take place in May 2018, organised by UEG to raise awareness of a variety of digestive diseases amongst the public and policymakers.
Activities during Digestive Health Month will include the launch of the MEP Digestive Health Group in the European Parliament on May 15, World IBD Day on May 19 and World Digestive Health Day, coordinated by the World Gasterenterology Organisation, on May 29.
The MEP Digestive Health Group, a platform of ambassadors of Digestive Health from the European Parliament, will officially launch at an event co-hosted by MEP Pavel Poc and MEP Nessa Childers on May 15, 2018 (14:00- 15:30) in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. This event will feature insightful discussions revolving around the status quo of digestive health in Europe and will identify areas where the EU needs to act. Inequalities across Europe, trends in epidemiology and the socio-economic burden of chronic digestive diseases will be on the agenda. A report will be produced and distributed that will illustrate the current state-of-play in digestive health in Europe and will set out the mission of the group, including the topics to be tackled. Send in your questions and comments using the hashtag #MEP_DHG.
On Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day (IBD Day) we will work together with the European Federation of Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA) and the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) to help the public understand the impact that IBD can have on a person’s daily life. UEG will play its part by producing a new expert-led article and sharing existing informational materials on social media.
World Digestive Health Day is an annual initiative of the World Gasterenterology Organisation (WGO), and the theme changes every year. For 2018 the focus is on viral hepatitis B and C, and UEG will produce infographics and expert-led articles reflecting on the latest statistics and provide answers to commonly-asked questions. Data from the World Health Organization reveals that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic viral hepatitis B and C infections, and in 2015, 1.34 million people died as a result of this disease. Collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and the European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA) is foreseen. Follow the twitter discussion by using #WDHD2018.
You can keep up with the activities and events that we will be organising as part of Digestive Health Month by following us on Twitter @my_ueg.