We must act now! 

Together with Member Societies and other stakeholders UEG has developed a report to increase awareness of nutritional and digestive health diseases.

This May, on the occasion of Digestive Health Month, UEG has released the report Nutrition and Chronic Digestive Diseases: An Action Plan for Europe, in order to increase awareness of nutritional and digestive health diseases.

Coinciding with the celebration of Digestive Health Month, the release of UEG’s most recent thought-leadership report, Nutrition and Chronic Digestive Diseases: An Action Plan for Europe, includes the latest information on a range of nutritional and digestive health diseases. The report details an action plan for change to deliver improved nutrition across the continent and reduce the significant societal and economic impacts of digestive diseases.

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The report was endorsed by twelve medical associations including: The Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS), Digestive Cancers Europe (DiCE), The European Association for Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition (EAGEN), The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), The European Cancer Organisation (ECCO), The European Federation for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA), The European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG), The European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESDO), The European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM), The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO). 
UEG continues to highlight the considerable prevalence and impact of often poorly understood and underfunded digestive health conditions. With chronic digestive diseases placing an unprecedented strain on healthcare systems across Europe, Digestive Health Month has become an increasingly important initiative in promoting healthy nutritional recommendations and lifestyle choices that can act as preventative measures against a variety of diseases. 
During Digestive Health Month, UEG released a range of sharable content on social media. Key awareness dates were also marked with their own specialised shareable content too; including, International Coeliac Awareness Day, World IBD Day and World Digestive Health Day. 
To view our content from Digestive Health Month, follow us on Twitter and track last month’s discussion with the hashtag #DigestiveHealthMonth 

Speaking with one voice - our position papers

Have a look at our position papers to stay current with UEG's advocacy efforts. 

UEG is active in promoting digestive health across Europe, in view of advancing the treatment and prevention of digestive diseases, reducing their socio-economic burden, promoting health literacy and achieving more and better funding to fight digestive diseases. At the core of our advocacy work are the following areas: nutrition, alcohol related-harm, chronic digestive diseases and digestive cancers. 

For each of these themes we monitor closely all the relevant policy developments and strive to drive change at policy and regulatory levels by issuing calls and recommendations to EU policymakers and other relevant stakeholders.  To stay current with our advocacy efforts, see our latest position papers and statements:

Key priorities for Horizon Europe Strategic Plan on Cluster 1 and its health-related challenges (2019)

The UEG Research Committee contributed to the consultation on Horizon Europe Strategic Plan, underlining UEG key priorities on Cluster 1 of the new EU research programme and its health-related challenges. Read the position paper

UEG and WONCA joint statement on reducing the burden of chronic digestive diseases (2019)

This UEG and WONCA joint statement sheds light on the burden of chronic digestive diseases in Europe. It highlights the role of primary care physicians in reducing this burden and recommends key actions that can be taken in primary care settings. Read the joint statement

Joint press statement: Spirits industry afraid of their own ingredients? (2019)

In response to the spirits’ industry approach to labelling their products, UEG together with Eurocare, EPHA, EASL, CPME, AIM and NordAN released a joint press statement pointing out the shortcomings of the self-regulatory approach on alcohol labelling.  Read the joint statement

Horizon Europe, Framework Programme 9 (FP9) (2018)

In its position paper on Horizon Europe, Framework Programme 9, UEG makes five main calls to EU’s policymakers which correspond to the main areas of concern in gastroenterology.
Read UEG’s position paper on FP9

Improving digestive health in Europe: Time to act (2018)

This position paper raises awareness about the magnitude of digestive diseases in Europe. It also creates awareness regarding the major risk factors for digestive health and calls for immediate action at EU-level. Read UEG’s position paper on digestive health in Europe  

Digestive cancers: Why actions are needed? (2017)

This position paper gives an overview of the burden of digestive cancers within Europe and outlines concrete action to be taken at EU-level in order to improve the current state of art.  Read UEG’s position paper on digestive cancers

UEG’s plea to policymakers 

Determined to prioritise digestive health on EU’s future agenda, UEG launched a manifesto on digestive health.

Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases

Useful information, statistics and resources for policy makers, stakeholders and patient organisations.

Pancreatic Cancer

Useful information, statistics and resources for policy makers, stakeholders and patient organisations.

Colorectal Cancer

Useful information, statistics and resources for policy makers, stakeholders and patient organisations.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Useful information, statistics and resources for policy makers, stakeholders and patient organisations.

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