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World Digestive Health Day (WDHD)

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Every 29th May, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), in collaboration with the WGO Foundation, celebrates World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) and initiates a yearlong, worldwide, public health campaign through more than 100 WGO Member Societies which reach over 50,000 individuals worldwide, WGO Training Centers, Regional Affiliate Associations and other WGO global partners. Each year focuses upon a particular digestive disorder in order to increase general public awareness of prevention, prevalence, diagnosis, management and treatment.

Learn more about WDHD


WDHD 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

The World Digestive Health Day 2017 Campaign is titled "Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Navigating Evolving Therapies in an Evolving Disease".

To view all of the highlights and happenings of WDHD 2017, click here!


View and Download the WGO Handbook on Diet and the Gut

We are pleased to share with you the WGO Handbook on Diet and the Gut! This e-publication features thirteen chapters written by experts from around the globe! This handbook, which was created to celebrate World Digestive Health Day 2016 “Diet and the Gut – Your Diet and Gut Health”, covers articles on various topics including Normal Gut Health, Dietary Fiber, FODMAPS, the Role of Food in IBS, Carbohydrate Intolerance, Food Allergies, Celiac Disease, and many more.

Click the link below to begin reading! 

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

View and Download the WGO Handbook on Heartburn: A Global Perspective

We are pleased to share with you 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 link below to begin reading!

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

View and Download the WGO Handbook on Gut Microbes

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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E-learning Course on the Gut Microbiota

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.

Click the image to view the first part!


Web-Based Educational Program on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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 2017 event calendar


Ongoing WDHD Campaigns

2017: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - Navigating Evolving Therapies in an Evolving Disease

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


Please send comments and questions about WDHD to: info@worldgastroenterology.org.