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World Gastroenterology Organisation News and Events

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: April 2017 - Volume 51 - Issue 4 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000819
WGO News

World Gastroenterology Organisation, Milwaukee, WI

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The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is comprised over 100 member societies and 4 regional-affiliated associations, representing over 50,000 gastroenterologists, hepatologists, GI surgeons, and other health care professionals worldwide. The WGO focuses on the improvement of standards in training, education, and the practice of gastroenterology, hepatology, and other related disciplines worldwide with a focus on low-resource nations. The educational initiatives include Training Centers around the world, Train the Trainers Workshops, public awareness campaigns such as World Digestive Health Day (WDHD), and Global Guidelines with a special Cascade feature providing solutions adaptable to varying resource levels around the world.

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In 2017, WGO and the ACG will partner on the WCOG at ACG 2017 in Orlando, FL from October 13 to 18, 2017.

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In partnership between WGO and the Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Society (EGHS), Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO International Congress took place from November 17 to 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

In 2019, the 2019 WCOG will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in partnership with the Turkish Society of Gastroenterology. Exact meeting dates to be announced later.

In addition to 2-yearly World Congresses, WGO welcomes indications of interest from our Member Societies to partner together to convene regional/national meetings in non-Congress years. For those Member Societies interested in exploring the potential to partner with WGO for a meeting in a non-Congress year, please contact the WGO Secretariat at for further details.

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The WGO engages in advocacy on a global basis as it celebrates WDHD annually on May 29, the anniversary of WGO’s founding in Washington, DC in 1958. Each year WDHD highlights an important topic in the area of digestive health and disease for physicians, other health care practitioners, patients, and the general public. Topics have included optimal health and nutrition, viral hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and heartburn.

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In 2017, the focus will be on inflammatory bowel disease. In collaboration with its Member Societies, WGO raises awareness relating to digestive health, nutrition, and digestive diseases to the general public and governments—local, national, and global. The WDHD campaign in the past years has reached thousands through seminars, public campaigns, courses, and press conferences.

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The WGO Handbook on Diet and the Gut is available on the WGO website! It features 13 chapters written by experts from around the globe. This publication was created to celebrate WDHD 2016 “Diet and the Gut—Your Diet and Gut Health,” and covers articles on various topics including Normal Gut Health, Dietary Fiber, FODMAPS, the Role of Food in IBS, Carbohydrate Intolerance, Food Allergies, Celiac Disease, and many more.

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WGO provides a library of over 20 Global Guidelines and Cascades which, unlike other medical guidelines which are targeted to specific regions or countries, have been written and distributed with the entire world in mind. WGO is the only international organization with this global focus. Each guideline is developed by a team of experts drawn from the ranks of our members. The guidelines include references to other relevant guidelines which are identified, summarized, and republished or cited by WGO for the benefit of the practitioner. WGO Global Guidelines are unique because they utilize “Cascades” which provide various evidence-based diagnostic and treatment options that are scalable to available local resources and infrastructure. Cascades make the WGO Guidelines globally applicable by identifying multiple ways of achieving the best possible outcome by taking the available resources into account. The guidelines are widely used by practitioners around the world and are currently offered in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Mandarin. The guidelines are developed free of any commercial influence.

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The WGO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the WGO. To learn more about the foundation, and how your support can help, please visit the WGO Foundation website!

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