This May, UEG will celebrate their third annual Digestive Health Month campaign in order to raise awareness on a variety of chronic digestive diseases.
There are three main events during the month, which include the launch of the MEP Digestive Health Group in the European Parliament on May 15, World IBD Day on May 19 as well as World Digestive Health day, which is coordinated by the World Gastroenterology Organisation, on May 29.
The MEP Interest Group on Digestive Health will serve as a platform for exchange between the scientific community and policy makers to ensure that continually improving digestive health is an integral part of the EU agenda. On May 15, the group will launch at an event co-hosted by MEP Pavel Poc and MEP Nessa Childers at the European Parliament in Brussels. During the event, the current state of digestive health in Europe will be discussed and areas that require further work and urgent attention will be identified. A report on the current state of chronic digestive diseases across Europe will be produced to set out missions and priority areas for the group to tackle.
On May 19, World IBD Day will take place to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel disease. UEG will work collaboratively with The European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA) and the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) in order to help the public and healthcare professionals in understanding the impact of IBD and what can be done in order to treat and prevent the disease.
Finally, World Digestive Health Day will take place on May 29. The theme changes each year and for 2018, the focus is on viral hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis B and C are the most common forms of the virus in Europe and in 2013 there were 19,101 cases of hepatitis B alone.
To keep up with Digestive Health Month, follow us on Twitter on @my_ueg and track the discussion with the hashtag #DigestiveHealthMonth.
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