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.
The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) recognizes 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 29 May 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 events calendar and explore the spectacular success of World Digestive Health Day 2009.
WGO is pleased to announce the following activities and tools in conjunction with World Digestive Health Day/Year 2009:
WGO encourages all members to organize an event to raise awareness about Irritable Bowel Syndrome in their community.
To access the Global Guidelines on IBS please visit the Supporting Guidelines and Cascades page!