18 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JANUARY 2016 Gastro 2015: AGW-WGO | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events 2. A public awareness week took place at Vibhavadi Hospital during 22-29 May 2015 with a seminar on GERD by doctors, food for GERD, and booths for healthy liv-ing and activities. 3. A seminar “Food for GERD mar-ket” was held at Bangkok Hospital on 29-30 May 2015 with a GERD seminar by various specialist doctors, GERD check, GERD cooking show, and healthy food market. 4. A seminar at Bumrungrad Hospital took place on 30 May 2015 with a seminar and food for GERD workshop. 5. Another seminar was presented by a doctor on heartburn, reflux disease and how to manage, a knowledge board, and a heath check-up booth on 5 June 2015 at Bangkok Chinatown Hospital. 6. A seminar at Phayathai1 Hospital was held on 7 June 2015 with a Dr. Mahachai and other faculty at Bangkok Hospital for WDHD professional development event on 27 May. Seminar on heartburn, reflux disease, and how to manage on 5 June at Bangkok China-town Hospital. Food for GERD Market at WDHD general public awareness campaign 29-30 May. two hour “meet the expert” session and a food for GERD workshop. More than 1,000 Thai people partici-pated in these public events with a lot of knowledge sharing in a fun and friendly atmosphere. More than 90% of participants rated the events very good and will come back again. World Digestive Health Day in Vietnam On 29 May 2015 the Vietnam Medical Association (VMA) organized an event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in honor of World Digestive Health Day (WDHD). In coordination with the WDHD 2015 theme of “Heartburn: A Global Perspective,” this general public awareness campaign aimed to share a global perspective on heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in Vietnam. The one day campaign offered knowledge sharing from leading gastroenter-ologists and the VMA, as well as a question and answer session about disease and self-management. Approximately 200 patients attended the event. In providing feedback on the event one patient said, “I just know that these symptoms are called GERD, I can initially take care of myself and use some medicines to relieve symptoms. Thank you doctors and the organizer.” Attendees listen at the WDHD event in Ho Chi Minh City. One of the presenters at the Vietnamese WDHD event.
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