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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

World Digestive Health Day (WDHD)

Every 29 May, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), in collaboration with the WGO Foundation, celebrates World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) and initiates a worldwide public health campaign through its more than 100 Member Societies which reach over 50,000 individuals worldwide. Each year focuses upon a particular digestive disorder in order to increase general public awareness of prevention and therapy.

World Digestive Health Day began as a commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the creation of WGO on 29 May 1958. This was the last day of the First World Congress of Gastroenterology which took place in Washington, DC, USA.    

We hope, that by naming May 29 World Digestive Health Day, we can create awareness around the world for our profession. We also hope that this day will help unite gastroenterologists worldwide. Your support and input would be most welcome. We encourage all WGO Member Societies to participate by arranging such events in their regions to commemorate this day. We would be pleased to receive ideas from you as to how you feel we can mark this day in the future.



WGO Announces World Digestive Health Day 2016!


NEW! WDHD 2015 Handbook on Heartburn Now Available!

We are pleased to share with you the creation of the WGO Handbook on Heartburn! Featuring nine chapters written by experts around the world, this publication covers articles on various topics including Underlying Mechanisms of Heartburn, Treatment of GERD for Patients, the Pharmacist’s Approach to Heartburn, the Role of Dietary Factors in GERD, and many more! Please note that the "flip-through" version is best viewed using a broadband internet connection.

Click the image or the link below to begin reading!

Flip-through version for online viewing » PDF version to download and print »


NEW! The GERD Global Guideline is Now Available!

Please visit the WDHD 2015 Supporting Guidelines and Cascades page to view available WGO guidelines in support of the campaign!

WDHD 2014 Handbook

A major aim of WDHD 2014 is to help everyone from the “man/woman in the street” to the specialist gastroenterologist to make sense of the mass of information on gut microbes that accumulates before our very eyes, and to sift through the claims and counterclaims that are made for medicines, diets, probiotics and prebiotics. To that end Professor Francisco Guarner and his team have assembled some of the most renowned scientists and clinicians in the field to provide an overview of the most important aspects of science and clinical practice related to gut microbes.

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New E-learning Course on the Gut Microbiota Launched

The Gut Microbiota and Health Section of the European Society of Gastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) is pleased to provide a first set of e-learning slides on gut microbiota dedicated to gastroenterologists. It contains a selection of scientific information about the human gut microbiota. This e-learning has been developed in cooperation with the WGO for WDHD 2014.

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WGO Announces Its Release of an IBS Webcast!

This web-based educational program for the general public, which stemmed from the WDHD 2012 theme, targets those common symptoms most associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Event Calendar

See the up-to-date list of World Digestive Health Day meetings and events happening across the globe.

View WDHD 2016 event calendar



Ongoing WDHD Campaigns

2016: Diet and the Gut

2015: Heartburn: A Global Perspective

2014: Gut Microbes - Importance in Health & Disease

2013: Liver Cancer: Act Today. Save Your Life Tomorrow. Awareness. Prevention. Detection. Treatment.

2012: From Heartburn to Constipation - Common GI Symptoms in the Community: Impact and Interpretation

2011: Enteric Infections: Prevention and Management

2010: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

2009: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

2008: Optimal Nutrition in Health and Disease

2007: Viral Hepatitis

2006: Helicobacter Pylori Infection

2005: Health and Nutrition


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