Each year on 29 May, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) celebrates World Digestive Health Day. The awareness day is designed to focus on a new digestive disorder each year, with the aim to increase public awareness of its causes, prevention and therapy.
The theme and title for this year’s World Digestive Health Day is “Viral Hepatitis, B and C: Lifting the Global Burden”. Hepatitis is a viral infection which most commonly is spread and contracted through blood transmission, unprotected sex or perinatal transmission.
There are five main types of hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. If the virus develops into chronic hepatitis, this can lead to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Within Europe, hepatitis B and C are the most common forms of the virus and every year 96,000 people die from liver disease in relation to hepatitis B and C in EU and EEA countries[i].
The aim for World Digestive Health Day is to provide gastroenterologists, patients and the general public with information and an understanding of the latest research within the field. There are two main goals during this year’s World Digestive Health Day. The first is to provide the general public with simple messages in order to assist in the understanding of what the effects of hepatitis are and the second is to provide and develop information for healthcare professionals.
To support these goals, a number of information pieces are released in multiple languages and distributed worldwide. These include infographics, brochures, podcasts as well as a WGO Handbook with tips, information and facts about hepatitis.
UEG will be supporting the WGO and World Digestive Health Day on 29 May, 2018. World Digestive Health Day falls within UEG Digestive Health Month, which takes place throughout the entirety of May and can be followed via #DigestiveHealthMonth.
About the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO):
With over 50,000 individual members worldwide, the World Gastroenterology Organisation is a federation with over 100 Member Societies and four Regional Associations.