World Gastroenterology Organisation - Global Guardian of Digestive Health.

World Digestive Health Day/Year 2009 - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

World Digestive Health Day 2009 - Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)It is now recognized that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a truly global problem reportedly affecting millions of individuals (ca. 1 in 10) worldwide and exerting a significant influence on the quality of life both for the many reported and unreported (ca. 5 in 10) cases. Yet, despite volumes of research highlighting the prevalence and impact of IBS worldwide, IBS remains poorly understood by the medical community and the general public alike.

WGO recognises therefore, that there exists a very significant "knowledge gap" with regard to all aspects of IBS and there is a real unmet need to bring the very latest information on IBS to medical practitioners, other health care workers and the general public. For this reason, WGO, in partnership with industry sponsors, focused the attention of the global gastroenterology community on May 29, 2009 and throughout 2009 on IBS.

The response from both Member Societies and industry partners to World Digestive Health Day 2009 surpassed all expectations. A showcase of the World Digestive Health Day 2009 Success Stories has now been published. WGO invites everyone to visit the updated events calendar and explore the spectacular success of World Digestive Health Day 2009.

Educational and Promotional Activities for World Digestive Health Day/Year 2009

WGO is pleased to announce the following activities and tools in conjunction with World Digestive Health Day/Year 2009:

  • Monthly Research Review

    WGO is pleased to announce a new WDHD tool to support IBS awareness: The Monthly Research Review. Issued once a month until the end of the year, The Monthly Research Review will be featured in the WGO E-Newsletter as well as here on the and website. In each issue a global IBS expert will recommend and highlight a “gold standard” article on IBS with a direct link to the original source. » View Monthly research Review

  • 10 Recommendations for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Video: 10 Recommendations for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Watch a short video about WGO’s ten lifestyle and nutritional recommendations for IBS. » Watch video here

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    New in 2013! IBS Webcast for the General Public

    WGO Announces Its Release of an IBS Webcast! The program, which stemmed from the WDHD 2012 theme, targets those common symptoms most associated with IBS and will focus, in particular, on an approach to educate the general public on issues related to this condition. » Read More and View the IBS Webcast

  • WDHD Success Stories

    View the highlights of WDHD 2009 in over 40 countries. » View Success Stories

  • IBS Guideline

    Publication of an IBS Guideline(release date: May 2009) for reference by healthcare professionals. Includes clinical cascades for treatment at every resource level.» View IBS Guideline here

  • WGN and E-News

    A special issue of World Gastroenterology News and E-News on Irritable Bowel Syndrome for circulation to our 50,000 members» View WGN here

  • Test for diagnosing IBS

    A Test to help doctors diagnose patients with IBS.
    Sponsored by Danone.» View Test for diagnosing IBS pdf file

  • Questions Patients Ask about IBS

    A helpful overview of questions patients might ask about IBS.
    Sponsored by Danone.» View Questions & Answers here or download a PDF version here: » Questions & Answers pdf file » Para ver las preguntas y respuestas en español, haga clic aquí pdf file