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Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: October 2021 - Volume 55 - Issue 9 - p 1-2
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001611
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GASTRO 2021

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is pleased to co-host its biyearly international conference, Gastro 2021, with the Czech Society of Gastroenterology (CSG), in Prague, Czech Republic.

Gastro 2021 will take place from December 9–11, 2021. The conference, as currently planned, will be in a hybrid format with sessions offered on-line for those unable to travel to Prague.

More information is available on the Gastro 2021 website: https://www.gastro2021prague.org.

This event is also co-organized jointly by the Czech Society of Hepatology, Czech Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology, and Czech Society of Surgery.

UPDATED HELICOBACTER PYLORI GUIDELINE PUBLISHED

WGO is pleased to annouce that the H. pylori Guideline has now been published on our website. The Guidelines was produced under the leadership of Co-Chairs Prof. Peter Katelaris of Australia and Prof. Richard Hunt of the United Kingdom and updates the version that dated to 2010.

Other members of the Review Team include: Franco Bazzoli (Italy); Henry Cohen (Uruguay); Kwong Ming Fock (Singapore); Manik Gemilyan (Armenia); Peter Malfertheiner (Germany); Francis Megraud (France); Alejandro Piscoya (Peru); Duc Quach (Vietnam); Nimish Vakil (USA); and Louis G. Vaz Coelho (Brazil).

H. pylori remains a major health problem worldwide causing considerable morbidity and mortality due to peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer.

The burden of disease falls disproportionally on less well-resourced populations. As with most infectious diseases, the largest impact on reducing this burden comes from improvement in socio-economic status, which interrupts transmission. This has been observed in many regions of the world, but the prevalence of infection remains high in many regions where improvements in living standards are slow to occur.

Meanwhile, the optimal clinical management and treatment pathways remain unsettled and are evolving with changing antimicrobial resistance patterns. Despite decades of research and clinical practice, major challenges remain. The quest for the most effective, safe and simple therapy remains the major issue for clinicians. The search for an effective vaccine appears to be elusive still.

Clinical guidelines not infrequently proffer discordant advice. A major challenge for guidelines is for relevance across a variety of populations with varying spectrum of disease, antimicrobial resistance rates and vastly different resources. As local factors are central to determining the impact and management strategies for H. pylori infection it is important that pathways are based on the best available local knowledge rather than solely extrapolating from guidelines formulated in other regions, which may be less applicable.

To this end, this revision of the WGO H. pylori guideline uses a “Cascades” approach that seeks to summarize the principles of management and offer advice for pragmatic, relevant, and achievable diagnostic and treatment pathways based on established key treatment principles and using local knowledge and available resources to guide regional practice.

TRAINING CENTER SPOTLIGHT

WGO is pleased to feature the important work of our Training Centers around the world. Highlighted here is a story from La Paz. More can be found on our website at https://www.worldgastroenterology.org/education-and-training/training-centers.

The WGO Training Center mission is to establish and nurture core training centers for primary and advanced gastroenterology and liver training in locations of need, thereby improving the standard of training at a grass roots level while ensuring a focus on regionally-relevant diseases.

Karen Rocha La Fuente, MD

IGBJ/WGO La Paz Training Center, La Paz, Bolivia

After having known the Japanese Bolivian Gastroenterology Institute (IGBJ) and in turn the La Paz Training Center as a student. I currently have the possibility of being part of the Institute and the program as part of the staff and teaching group. Makes me very happy to be part of a family that puts their knowledge and skills for the good of our patients with the great challenge that our work also have the responsibility to guide and help young doctors who access scholarships in our Institute can receive adequate training.

Consider that our center has the happiness of having a very varied casuistry, but it also has a high incidence of biliary digestive pathologies, which has a reference in the region, this allows our currents to develop skills in these diseases.

During 2019 our Institute had the unfortunate loss of λ Gustavo Vidales, who during his work activity contracted Arenavirus. We also had the retirement of Dr Guido Villa-Gómez, who stopped being an official part of the staff, but who had his commitment and dedication in person at the institute, serving as a guide, but mainly helping the training of our fellows.

For all the described I can say that I feel part of a family that has people who want to grow, has the conditions to train specialists from the region and at the same time make them part of our family.

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