11 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS OCTOBER 2014 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events World Digestive Health Day 2014 News and Events BOLIVIA Below are excerpts from an article by The Bolivian Society of Gastroenter-ology, which can be found in full at http://www.medicosypacientes.com/ articulos/Bolivia3614.html Prevention and Education Digestive, Two of the Objectives of the Bolivian Society of Gastroenterology The Bolivian Society of Gastroenter-ology leads nationally Global Public Health Campaign promoted by the World Gastroenterology Organisa-tion (WGO), which is held annually on the occasion of World Digestive Health Day in order to prevent and educate people about the most com-mon digestive disorders. The Bolivian Society of Gastroen-terology is responsible for leading national a world health campaign promoted by the World Gastroen-terology Organisation (WGO), held annually on World Digestive Health Day, and on this year on 29 May, which coincides with the creation of the WGO. The Bolivian Society of Gastroenterology celebrates WDHD 2014. The campaign emphasizes each year on a specific digestive disorder with the aim of increasing the knowl-edge of it among the general public and promoting its prevention and treatment. The theme of 2014 was dedicated to “Intestinal Microbes: its importance in health and disease.” This time, the Bolivian Society of Gastroenterology supported the Medical College of Cochabamba and in collaboration with the Japanese Gastroenterological Cochabamba Bolivian Institute, The National Health and Medical Faculty of the UMSS, conducted an information campaign and service to the popula-tion, with the delivery of informative educational materials on intestinal microbes, their importance in health and disease. In addition, people who attended the event had the opportu-nity to undergo a series of free trials as coproparasitological, serological tests for Helicobacter pylori and abdominal ultrasound. The Bolivian Society of Gastroen-terology and Cochabamba have joined these global campaigns of World Digestive Health Day since 2013, with the main objective to promote digestive health in our population, transmitting knowledge about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prevalent diseases. As explained by Dr. Ingrid A. Solis Guerra, President of the Bolivian Society of Gastroenterology, “one of the most important steps to improve the health of our population, educa-tion and health promotion, and it is through these campaigns, we intend to gradually introduce an educa-tional culture from our specialists to the community. It is our intention as a society of gastroenterology to continue to participate in this and other initiatives for the benefit of our population.” During the 2013 Liver Cancer theme, with the motto “Act Now, Save your life tomorrow,” the Society conducted an informational campaign on the prevention of Liver Cancer, distributing educational leaflets and holding exhibitions in the Main Plaza on 14 September in Cochabamba. PAKISTAN The Pakistan Society of Gastroenter-ology and GI Endoscopy celebrated WDHD on 29th May 2014 in the LRH with a lecture, followed by walk. All doctors, paramedic, nurses and administration people attended the program. In Mardan, a huge gathering of participants including media, administration, all professional staff, doctors, paramedics and the vice principal from Bacha Khan Medical College and MMC participated in a thorough explanatory lecture on GUT MICROBES which was delivered by Associate Prof. Dr. Bakht Biland VP, PSG, KPK, followed by open discus-sion with Prof. Dr. Aamir Ghafoor, President of PSG.
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