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World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) News and Events

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: August 2018 - Volume 52 - Issue 7 - p 1–2
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001083
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The next World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) International Conference, Gastro 2018—WGO/GAT International Conference: Global Perspectives in Gastroenterology, will be held in partnership with the Gastroenterological Association of Thailand (GAT), together with the Thai Association for the Study of the Liver (THASL), the Thai Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (TNMS), and the Thai Association for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TAGE). Gastro 2018 will be held, December 5-8, 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand. This is a significant event that brings together professionals from the gastroenterology community to enhance professional knowledge, gain new insights, and exchange expertise.

An outstanding scientific program over 3 and a half days of academic excellence varies from state of the art lecture, symposia, interactive sessions, and postgraduate course has been planned. Hotspot sessions are included for attendees to join in the intriguing discussions and debates. Best practices in the different regions will be shared and debated. In addition, the Oral Paper and Poster Competitions planned will be an excellent platform for the latest quality research findings and clinical contributions to be showcased.

We look forward to your support toward an exciting meeting that promises great scientific debate and enjoyable social networking with all distinguished guests and colleagues from around the world in Bangkok at Gastro 2018.

For more information, please visit the meeting website at

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On October 17, 2017, during the General Assembly, 6 Member Societies were officially ratified as new members of WGO. We are honored to welcome them into the WGO family and are pleased that these societies further extend our worldwide reach as they represent nations in Africa and the Middle East.

As members of WGO, these societies now are able to participate in various activities around the globe, such as World Congresses of Gastroenterology, Train the Trainers workshops, and access to WGO Training Centers. They also enjoy many other benefits, including access to WGO Global Guidelines & Cascades, listing on the WGO website, and global promotion of programs and events. If your society is not yet a member we hope that you will consider applying. Details can be found on the WGO website at:

A brief description of each of the 6 WGO Member Societies follows:

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Société Congolaise de Gastro-entérologie (SOCONGE)

The Congolese Association of Gastroenterology/Société Congolaise de Gastro-entérologie (SOCONGE) was founded in the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 5, 2005. The society’s leadership includes Dr Sébastien Mbendi Nsukini, President, and Dr Jacqueline Nkondi Nsenga, Secretary.

SOCONGE is a nonprofit association with the notable objectives of training of specialists of the digestive tract and related organs and the scientific research in all the fields of the specialty; the collection, exchange and circulation of information concerning the research results; the organization of conferences, symposia, seminars, and gastroenterology days; and advising national authorities responsible for decisions regarding the issues on gastroenterology.

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Ghana Association for the Study of Liver and Digestive Diseases (GASLIDD)

GASLIDD was inaugurated in 2014 with a membership composed of doctors and scientists with interest in gastrointestinal and liver diseases; it is also open to nurses in endoscopy practice.

Its main mission includes providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences among professionals with interest in liver and digestive diseases in Ghana; promoting the advancement of health and allied sciences with particular emphasis in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology and to foster progress in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of digestive diseases; fostering and promoting the provision of facilities for research, the education and training of undergraduates and postgraduates; and providing, where necessary, professional and technical advice to the Ghanaian government. Dr Mary Afihene is GASLIDD’s President.

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Association de Gastro-Enterologie de Madagascar (AGEM)

AGEM was founded in 2009 in the capital city of Antananarivo. Its mission is to implement all the necessary means to combat the morbidity and mortality of digestive diseases; to promote and develop clinical research in the field of gastroenterology; to promote and publicize the scientific work of the medical and surgical teams of gastroenterology; to facilitate the training of practitioners in the management of diseases of the digestive tract; and to analyze the problems affecting the specialty and to inform the public authorities. Its President is Prof. Rado Manitrala Ramanampamonjy of the Universìty Hospital of Antananarivo.

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Palestinian Society of Gastroenterology (PSG)

The PSG is a charitable organization focused upon gastroenterological diseases with respect to health, scientific, educational, and social aspects. The PSG’s activities cover all of Palestine. The Society was founded in the city of Nablus on November 1, 2003.

PSG’s purpose is to coordinate, cooperate, and improve academic and collegial relationships among all parties concerned with gastroenterological issues. It seeks to increase interest in the field of gastroenterology from other medical professionals, private and public medical organizations, and medical centers and to support and assist physicians, medical professionals, and all those who are interested in gastroenterological diseases in the development of cooperation among them to improve treatment and preventive measures from gastroenterological diseases. The Society’s President is Dr Wail Hammoudeh and the Secretary General is Dr Walid Sweidan.

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Rwandan Society for Endoscopy (RSE)

In February 2016, a group of Rwandan medical doctors and residents founded the RSE. RSE is a nongovernmental organization and its head office is located in Nyarugenge District, Kigali City. The organization carries out its activities throughout all 30 districts of Rwanda and works with all 47 hospitals in Rwanda. RSE is led by its President, Dr Vincent Dusabejambo.

The RSE works to improve the means and conditions of taking care of patients with conditions requiring endoscopy. It does so by emphasizing the continuing training of doctors all around the country.

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Zambia Association for Gastroenterology & Nutrition (ZAGAN)

ZAGAN was formed in Lusaka, Zambia with the aim to promote the highest standards of clinical care in the field of gastroenterology and nutrition in the nation, through training and advocacy. The association has a membership which includes medical doctors, nurses, and biomedical scientists. These members cooperate with different groups worldwide and hold educational meetings to further their aims.

Its current President is Violet Kayamba of the University of Zambia Medical School.

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