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World Digestive Health Day 2012

Quigley, Eamonn MD, FRCP, FACP, FACG, FRCPI*; Hunt, Richard FRCP, FRCP(C), FACG, AGAF

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: July 2012 - Volume 46 - Issue 6 - p i–ii
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e31825b7e03
WGO News

*Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Farncombe Family Digestive Disease Research Institute, McMaster University Health Science Centre, Canada

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

The goal of the World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2012 advocacy and public health awareness campaign, “From Heartburn to Constipation—Common GI Symptoms in the Community: Impact and Interpretation,” is to help health care providers and sufferers alike to understand these common symptoms, what they may mean and how they should be appropriately and effectively managed. WDHD 2012 will endeavor to engage with and inform the health care provider—physicians, pharmacists, and allied health professionals—and the community at large. WDHD will seek to encourage dialog on these gastrointestinal (GI) issues and to facilitate interaction between the sufferer and health care providers involved in the management of these and related symptoms.

Special attention will be given to the influence of culture, ethnicity, and language on the expression and interpretation of these symptoms and to the development of diagnostic and management algorithms appropriate to various settings and circumstances.

This important initiative could not have been carried out without the hard work of the WDHD 2012 Steering Committee. World Gastroenterology Organisation sincerely thanks the following volunteers for their time and dedication to this important campaign:

Dr Richard Hunt, WDHD 2012 Co-chairman, McMaster University, Farncombe Family Digestive Disease Research Institute, Canada;

Dr Eamonn Quigley, WDHD 2012 Co-chairman, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland;

Dr Monica Acalovschi, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;

Dr Naima Amrani, Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, UM5S-Rabat, Morocco;

Dr Dan Dumitrascu, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;

Dr Kwong Ming Fock, Changi General Hospital, Singapore;

Dr Amy Foxx-Orenstein, Mayo Clinic, AZ;

Dr Francisco Guarner, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain;

Dr John Horn, University of Washington, Department of Pharmacy, Seattle;

Dr Pali Hungin, Durham University, UK;

Dr Govind Makharia, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India;

Dr Carolina Olano, Gastroenterology Department. Universidad de la República. Montevideo, Uruguay.

Here are some of the events that are already taken place this year!


Date: May 29, 2012

An awareness event about GI health was held.


Date: May 29 and 30, 2012

A meeting to teach and inform about the field of gastroenterology, clinical applications, and research took place.


Date: May 29, 2012

The 2nd Nurses Club held a seminar to promote digestive health awareness among nurses and other health care professionals.


Date: May 4 and 27, 2012

On May 4, a Scientific Conference took place on the Approach to Chronic Diarrhea, and Celiac Disease, with Professor Julio Bai, Argentina. On May 27, there was a Family Festival to make the public aware of GI symptoms. Newspaper articles were also published in May.


Date: May 29 to June 3, 2012

A continuing medical education event was held for postgraduate students, family physicians, internists, and gastroenterologist. In addition, there was an awareness campaign for the general public.


Date: May 17, 2012

A half day seminar took place in the capital, Tehran, followed by a week of media activities and seminars in major cities, as well as distribution of brochures and posters all around the country to make the public aware of these symptoms, their importance, general management plans, and referral strategies. Special talks were arranged for general practitioners (GPs) as well.


Date: May 30 to 31, 2012

An event for the Republic Kazakhstan Ministry of Health, National Gastroenterologists Association in collaboration with World Gastroenterology Organisation was held.


Date: May 25, 2012A conference was held for medical professionals, including mainly GPs.


Date: May 29 to June 3, 2012

2012 has been the fourth year of the World Digestive Health Day celebration in Malaysia. WDHD Malaysia was inaugurated in the year 2009. Each year, an official ceremony of WDHD Malaysia is held on May 29 in a high-traffic shopping mall, officiated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. It aims to reach out to the public with the objective of creating awareness and educating the public and reducing the prevalence of digestive disease/disorders in Malaysia. The official ceremony was followed by a 5-day road show.


Date: May 31, 2012

A 1-day Symposia for Awareness and Teaching took place.


Date: June 14 to 16, 2012

The National Symposium of Gastroenterology took place during this time, and a symposium on the common GI symptoms in the community was organized. Presentations at other gastroenterology meetings will be organized during the year as well.

Date: May 29, 2012

The philatelists and the post launched a special postmark. Other events included conferences for GI’s and GP’s, flyers, and journal dissemination.


Date: May 24, 2012

A scientific conference and healthy food exhibition under the support of the Health Ministry was held.


Date: May 29, 2012

The event was a continuing medical education event for GPs.


Date: Throughout 2012

Multiple lectures took place, including “Approach to Constipation” and “Difficult Constipation and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction” geared toward medical specialists and nurses.

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