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WDHD 2012 Events & Success Stories

World Digestive Health Day 2012 was celebrated in many countries all over the world. WGO invites you to view the WDHD 2012 Success Stories, a showcase that presents the highlights of 2012 WDHD.

(Click on an event title to view the complete success story.)


Día Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contact: SAGE Secretariat,

Conferencia dirigida a la prensa sobre "Trastornos funcionales digestivos" (Dr.Luis Soifer, Dr. Luis Bustos Fernández). Sociedad Argentina de Gastroenterología (SAGE).


WDHD Awareness Program

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Contact: Mohammad Ali Milon,

This is an awareness event about gastrointestinal health.

World Digestive Day

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Doctors Front of Bangladesh
Contact: Tauhidul Huq Bappi, Product Executive, PMD, Asiatic Laboratories Ltd.

A Digestive Product Related Brochure on World Digestive day will be created and distributed to Doctors of Bangladesh.


Diseases of the Intestinal Mucosa Conference

When: May 29-30, 2012
Location: Byelorussian Medical Academy Postgraduate Education, Minsk, Brovki str 3
Contact: Yury Marakhouski, Head of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Department, Byelorussian Medical Academy Postgraduate Education, Phone Number: 375 17 3319750, Email Address:

The purpose of this meeting is to teach and inform about the state-of-the-art in the field of gastroenterology, clinical applications and research.


Special Edition Newsletter

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Canada

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation will be releasing an online e-Newsletter which will include a digestive health test as well as a survey to measure the awareness, understanding and willingness to improve digestive health. Results will be published in the June edition of Appetite for Information.

CDHF BestLifeRewarded

When: May, 2012
Location: Canada

For the month of May, CDHF and BLR will be sharing direct email messaging from heartburn to constipation to all BLR subscribers with digestive health information and links to the BLR Learning Chapters that have been developed by the CDHF. Visit

CDHF Vale Emplyee Education Day

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Contact: Catherine Mulvale, Executive Director,

On May 29th, the CDHF will be making a special visit to Vale for an employee education day to deliver resources on symptoms, tests, possible therapies and proactive strategies to ensure that this company’s workforce knows how to protect themselves from, and learn how to live with, digestive disease.

WDHD Facebook Campaign

When: May 28-June 1, 2012
Location: Canada

Various information will be published on the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation's Facebook page:


Dia Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Hospital Clinico Universidad de Chile
Contact: Dra. Ana María Madrid, Phone: +56 2 9788351, or

A tent will be installed in the front of the Hospital Clinico Universidad de Chile, and briefings will be conducted for patients about most frequent gastrointestinal symptoms and their importance in diagnosis. Nutritional advice will be given according to each symptom. Attendees will be surveyed on the frequency of digestive symptoms.

Topics: Dysphagia, Pirosis and Reflux, Epigastric abdominal pain, Bloating, Constipation, Chronic diarrhea.


2nd Nurses Club

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Biomedicum, Helsinki
Contact: Minna Huttunen, PhD, Health Marketing Manager, Danone,

The 2nd nurses club, organized by Danone in Finland, is holding a seminar to promote digestive health awareness among nurses and other health care professionals.


WDHD Scientific and Public Conferences

When: May 4 and 27, 2012
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Contact: Arturo Carranza Corzo MD, President, Guatemalan Gastroenterology Association,

On May 4 a Scientific Conference will take place on the Approach to Chronic Diarrhea, and Celiac Disease, with Professor Julio Bai, Argentina. On May 27 there will be a Family Festival to make the public aware of gastrointestinal symptoms. Newspaper articles will also be published in May.


Dealing with Functional Bowel Disorders in India

When: May 29-June 3, 2012
Location: Seth GS Medical College, KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai 400012, India
Contact: Shobna J Bhatia, Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology, Seth G S Medical College and K E M Hospital, Mumbai 400 012, India, Phone 91 22 24136051; Fax 91 22 2417 5626

The event is a CME for postgraduate students, family physicians, internists and gastroenterologist. In addition, there will be an awareness campaign for the general public.

Public Awareness Programme - 2012

When: September 9, 2012
Location: Hotel Raya's - 18, Head Post Office Road, Kumbakonam (Near Mahamaham Tank)
Contact: Tamilnadu Chapter, Indian Society of Gastroenterology, Dr. K.R. Palaniswamy

This year's theme is "Awareness and Treatment of Common Gastrointestinal Symptoms - Heartburn/Bloating/Indigestion/Constipation". Leading gastroenterologists will be interacting with the audience.

Digestive Health Week

When: May 28-June 2, 2012
Location: Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center
Contact: Dr. Praveen Mathew, DM, Department of Gastroenterology, VIMS & RC, Whitefield, Bangalore, India

A digestive disease week is being conducted to raise awareness about digestive & liver diseases in the community.

World Digestive Health Day Camp

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Sandeep Gastro & Liver clinic, Hanamkonda, AP, India
Contact: Dr. J. Sandeep Redy, Sandeep Gastro & Liver Clinic, Department of Gastroenterology, Kakaji Colony, Hanamkonda, Andhra Pradesh, India

The event is a patient awareness camp about acid peptic disease & constipation.

GI Health Check-Up Camp

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Lakeview Hospital, Belgaum, India
Contact: Dr. Shashikant Y. Kulgod, MS, FRCS, Surgical Gastroenterologist, Department of Gastroenterology, Lakeview Hospital, Opp Fort Lake, Belgaum, Karnataka State, India - 591123

Free Health check-up's for the local population related to GI disorders. Investigations & Surgeries at Concessional rates.

WDHD Walkathon

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Ooty

Event Description:
In support of good health, a walkathon was held starting at Jain temple in lower bazaar road via commercial road and ending at Nahar Hotel, Charing Cross. A public interaction with experts in the field of gastroenterology followed. Participating experts included Dr. Mohammed Ali, Chennai, Dr. Mohan Prasad, Coimbatore, Dr. Venkatakirshnan, Coimbatore, Dr. K. Premkumar, Chennai and Dr. K.R. Palaniswamy, Chennai.

Contact: Dr. K.R. Palaniswamy, Indian Society of Gastroenterology, Tamilnadu Chapter

Clinical Challenges in GE Practice

When: June 6, 2012
Location: ENTERON a Division of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited, Prime Corporate Park, 2nd Floor, behind ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Sahar Road, Mumbai, India
Contact: Phone 022-30611698; Fax 022-30611682

1. Uncontrolled Vomits - Challenging Treatment
2. Persistant Hiccups - From Pillar to Post
3. Apthous Ulcers - Sour in daily Practice
4. Non Effective Diarrhoea - Problem patient vs treating doctor
5. Refractory Constipation - Laxation vs Relaxation
Open forum for issues and questions to faculty

Press Conference

When: May 28, 2012
Location: Allahabad, India
Contact: Press Club Allahabad

A press conference with print and electronic media was held to generate public awareness.

Kauvery Digestive Health Awareness Week

When: May 28-June 2, 2012
Location: Alwarpet, Chennai
Contact: Dr. S. Ilango, Head, Institute of Digestive diseases, Kauvery Hospital, 81, TTK, Road, Alwarpet, Chennai

A week long program of public health awareness programme, screening and subsidised consultation and treatment for common digestive illness.

World Digestive Health Day 2012

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Swosti Premium Hotel, Bhubaneswar, India
Contact: Prof. Dr S.P. Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, Head, Dept. of Gastroenterology,

For the 7th consecutive year, a celebration of WDHD in Bhubaneswar will take palce. The WDHD 2012 will be inaugurated by Prof. Ashok Chacko, Immediate Past President of Indian Society of Gastroenterology [ISG] & Prof. SP Singh, President Elect of ISG. This will be followed by an introduction to the WDHD 2012 and its goals. There will be a CME on Common GI problems including GERD, Bowel Gas, Hiccups and Oral Ulcers. The Meeting will be attended by Gastroenterologists, physicians, general public and members from the media.

WDHD Press Conference

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Lucknow, India
Contact: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Somanio

A press conference will be held.

WDHD Press Conference

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Patna, India
Contact: Dr Manoj Kumar, Consultant Gastroenterologist, +916123258914

A press release regarding importance of functional bowel disorders for community benefits will be held.

WDHD Celebrations

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Coimbatore, India
Contact: Dr. P. Senthilnathan, Gem Hospital, Coimbatore

A public awareness camp will be held.

WDHD Camp, Awareness Program and Hepatitis B Screening

When: December 15, 2012
Location: Kallipatti, India
Contact: Dr. K.R. Palaniswamy

Numerous events took place in Kallipati, India, including a Gastroenterology camp in which 520 patients were examined and given free medicines, and Awareness Program on Common GI Symptoms which was attended by 200 participants for 2 hours, as well as a hepatitis B screening done for 205 patients, out of which 2 patients were positive Hepatitis - B. There was also an article printed in The Hindu titled Educating rural masses on gastrointestinal disorders

View the December 15 event report by clicking here!


World Digestive Health Day

When: May 17, 2012
Location: Shariati Hospital, Tehran 14117, Iran
Contact: Siavosh Nasseri-Moghaddam MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Secretary, Iranian Association of Gastroenterology amd Hepatology IAGH), Digestive Disease Research Center, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, North Kargar Ave, Tehran 14117, Iran, Tel: +98-912-148 1928, Fax: +98-21-88335061, e-mail:

There will be a half day seminar in Tehran (the capital), followed by a week of media activities and seminars in major cities as well as distribution of brochures and posters all around the country to make the public aware of these symptoms, their importance, general management plans and referral strategies. Special talks will be arranged for general practitioners.


Common Gastrointestinal Problems; From Heartburn to Constipation to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

When: May 29, 2012
Location: University College Cork Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, lecture theatre G01, Ireland
Contact: Dr. Catherine Buckley, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, e-mail:

Public Forum
Chair: Professor Eamonn Quigley, UCCork, CUH & APC Irritable Bowel Syndrome Research Update
Speakers: Dr Anton Emannuel. UCLondon & UCHospital & National Hopsital for Neurology & Neuroscience "Constipation; new ideas on a common problem" and Ms. Sarah Keogh Dietician, The Albany Clinic "Diet & Gut Health: Practical Advice".


Gastro Day

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Vigevano-pv/Italy
Contact: Dr. P. Francis Lawson, Istituto Clinico Beato Matteo, Corso Pavia, 84- Vigevano-PV,

An event will be held on the explanation and focus on Gastrointestinal diseases and prevention.


World Digestive Health Day Celebrations

When: May 3, 2012
Location: Amman, Jordan
Contact: Dr. Waseem Hamoudi

Within the congress, awareness lectures for public and general medicine doctors regarding common GI symptoms in the community will take place. Also TV, radio and newspapers interviews within the month of May will occur, regarding the topic, as well as the creation of a flyer with the most common GI symptoms, and the most comment diagnosis, along with the importance of addressing the GI physician.


World Digestive Health Day

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Almaty

Association of Gastroenterologist's of the Republlc of Kazakhstan in the frames WGO (Danone) conducted successfully the World Digestive Health Day 2012 in Almaty city. The speakers were leading professors of Kazakhstan and Ukraine. The participants were the medical doctors from all regions of Kazakhstan. The work of the conference was covered by publications in medical magazines.


WDHD 2012 in Latvia

When: May 25, 2012
Location: Riga, Latvia
Contact: Ilze Kikuste, MD, Linezera street 6, Riga, Latvia

Conference for medical professionals mostly general practitioners.


World Digestive Health Day

When: May 29-June 3, 2012
Location: The Curve Shopping Mall
Contact: VITAGEN Healthy Digestion Programme Secretariat 03-5632 3301

2012 will be the fourth year VITAGEN Healthy Digestion Programme celebrates World Digestive Health Day in Malaysia. WDHD Malaysia was inaugurated in 2009, fully sponsored by VITAGEN. Every year, an official ceremony of WDHD Malaysia takes place on May 29 in a high-traffic shopping mall, officiated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. The aim is to reach out to the public with the objective of creating awareness and educating the public & reducing the prevalence of digestive disease/disorders in Malaysia. The official ceremony is followed by 5-day roadshow.


Public Education & Awareness Ceremony

When: May 28, 2012
Location: Gastroenterology Unit, Mandalay, MGH
Contact: Prof. Nwe Ni, Dr. Than Htun OO, Dr. Win Phyu Phyu Myint, Gastroenterology Unit, Mandalay General Hospital, 30th Street, Mandalay, Myanmar

A patient education seminar and awareness ceremony will be held.


Du Reflux à la dyspepsie: quelle prise en charge en 2012?

When: June 9, 2012
Location: Agadir, Morocco

This lecture will take place during the meeting of the AMWA (Amicale des Médecins de la Wilaya d’Agadir) organised for up to 300 physicians.


WDHD and CPSP Golden Jubilee

When: June 7, 2012
Location: Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar
Contact: Prof Aamir Ghafoor Khan FRCP FACG Head Of Gastroenterology& Hepatology Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar Pakistan

One day Symposia for Awareness and Teaching

Symposium on Common GI Symptoms

When: June 7, 2012
Location: Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation
Contact: Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Dept. of Hepatogastroenterology, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi, Pakistan

An awareness symposium for doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, medical and nursing students will be held.

From Heartburn to Constipation - WDHD in Pakistan, An interactive Case-Based Discussion

When: May 30, 2012
Location: Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore, Pakistan
Contact: Prof. Ghias UN Nabi Tayyab, Vice President Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI endoscopy, Dr. Israr Toor Director Endoscopy, PGMI and Dr. Najam Un Nasir Director Interactive case study sessions, PSG. Lahore, Pakistan

An awareness session has been organised for the junior faculty and Post Graduate residents of Punjab in Pearl Continental hotel, Lahore, in collaboration with Faculty of Gastroenterology of College of Physicians and Surgeons, Karachi, Pakistan. The faculty and PG students shall be discussing the topic based clinical scenarios from 'heartburn to constipation' to highlight the pertinent points of management and pathophysiology.


Epidemiologic Bulletin

When: May, 2012
Contact: Dr. H. Guanche Garcell, Epidemiologist, The Cuban Hospital, Qatar

An Epidemiologic Bulletin for the Cuban Hospital, Dukham, Qatar, will be created especially for WDHD. It will be disseminated to healthcare professional and facilities, including the Supreme Council of Health.


Symposium on this topic at the National Symposium of Gastroenterology

When: June 14-16, 2012
Location: Tg. Mures, Romania
Contact: Monica Acalovschi, Member of the Steering Committee WDHD, Mircea Diculescu, President of the Romanian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The National Symposium of Gastroenterology will take place during these dates, and a Symposium on the common GI symptoms in community will be organized. Presentations at other gastroenterology meetings will be organized during the year as well.

Special Philatelic Postmark for WDHD

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Contact: Prof. Dan L. Dumitrascu,

The philatelists and the post will launch a special postmark. Other events will include conferences for GI's and GP's, flyers and journal dissemination.


Spring Session of the Gastroenterological Scientific Society of Russia in Krasnodar

When: May 30, 2012
Location: Congress Hall of the City Clinical Hospital № 2, Krasnodar, Russian Federation
Contact: Secretariat of the Gastroenterological Scientific Society of Russia, Shosse Enthusiastov, 86, Moscow, 111123,

A Joint Course will take place for therapests and surgeons titled "Interaction between the surgeon and therapist in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases." Click here to read the full report of the meeting!


Functional Disorders of GIT Symposium

When: May 15, 2012
Location: Viminacium (an old Roman excavation), Serbia
Contact: Prof. Dr. Tomica Milosavljevic,, President, Serbian Association of Gastroenterologists, Clinical Center, School of Medicine University of Belgrade

A Symposium on the functional disorders of digestive system, will take place, as well as a press Conference regarding functional digestive diseases and digestive health in general.


University Day UCM-CLAS on Dietary Fiber

When: May 29, 2012
Location: General University Hospital Gregorio Maranon, Madrid, Spain
Contact: Dr. Luis Collado Yurrita, or

This Event is organized by the Chair of UCM/CLAS of Research and Training in Nutrition and Health Education, in collaboration with the General University Hospital Gregorio Marañon of the Community of Madrid, under the supervision of Professor Garcia Peris (University General Hospital Gregorio Marañon) and Collado Yurrita (Chairman of UCM/CLAS). The Program is on Dietary Fiber, Health and Functional Foods. Dr. Guarner will present the World Day of Digestive Health during the event.

The organizing committee is formed by: Dra. Ciudad (UCM), Dra. Calle (UCM), J. Echevarria (CAPSA) and M. Hernandez (CAPSA). The Secretary of the Organization is I. San Mauro (Chair, UCM/CLAS).

Dia Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Madrid
Contact: Dr. Manuel Valenzuela

A breakfast event with the media was held.

Dia Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Madrid
Contact: Fundación Española del Aparato Digestivo

A nation-wide public health campaign will take place about the most common digestive symptoms, with a huge media display. A clinical guide has been created addressed to the general population about constipation issues than can be downloaded from this website:


World Digestive Health Day

When: May 24, 2012
Location: Ukraine
Contact: National Gastroenterological Association Academy MS Member, Prof. Kharchenko Natalia; National Dietitian Association, Prof. Shvets Oleg, MD

Scientific Conference and healthy food exhibition under the support of the Health Ministry.


Día Mundial de la Salud Digestiva

When: May 29, 2012
Location: Punta Carretas Shopping Mall, Montevideo
Contact: Dra. M.Claudia Stefanoli, Secretary of Uruguayan Gastrointestinal Society,

A pathway will be installed at the entrance of the main shopping mall and people will be invited to follow the path while answering a digestive health questionnaire. Information and advice will be given along with a brochure to take home. Participation in different TV and radio programmes, and newspaper articles to create awareness of the most frequent GI symptoms in the community.


World Digestive Health Day Lectures

When: Throughout 2012
Location: California and Arizona, USA
Contact: Amy Foxx-Orenstein, Mayo Clinic, Arizona.

Multiple lectures have already taken place, with a third lecture happening in May 2012.

Mayo Clinic Medical Update 2012, "Approach to Constipation" - Hotel Coronado, Coronado, California, geared toward medical specialists.

8th Annual Womens Health Update 2012-"Difficult Constipation and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction"- Scottsdale, AZ, for Primary Care, NP, PA, Gynecology, and Urology.

Nursing Annual Meeting 2012. Pelvic Floor Disorders and Fecal Incontinence. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ, for General and specialty nurses.

WDHD-Related CME Presentations

When: Throughout 2012
Location: USA

ACG’s Education Universe is featuring relevant CME presentations in honor of this year’s campaign which is also designed to help health care providers provide better quality patient care. The goal of World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) is to encourage dialogue on these GI issues and to facilitate interaction between patients and health care providers in addressing issues such as diet, lifestyle, and symptomatic therapy – and if necessary, when referral to a hospital or clinic for further assessment is desirable.

Resources for World Digestive Health Day

When: Throughout 2012
Location: USA

The ACG has created a special resource center on its new patient website that features the College’s wealth of scientifically-based education material and information, the latest related research from The American Journal of Gastroenterology and expert insight to help patients understand common GI symptoms, such as heartburn, indigestion/dyspepsia, bloating and constipation and how these symptoms should be appropriately and effectively managed:


Digestive Health Club

When: June 3, 2012
Location: Caracas, Embassy Suits Hotel

In order to to raise awareness about Common GI Symptoms in the Community we will join in a centric hotel and will have two meetings: "GERD and IBS: how to live with them and what to do to improve our quality of life" by Dr. Guillermo Veitia, Gastroenterologist. Following that, María Elena Garassini, Psychologist, will talk about “Physical and psychological welfare state for developing resilience”. Finally, Prof. Amadeo Porras will introduce YOGA. Everyone is welcome to email with questions. Articles will also be sent to the newspapers, TV and radio talking about the WGO and the world digestive health day.

WDHD Conference

When: November 30, 2012
Location: Hospital Universitario de Maracaibo

A one-day "World Conference Digestive Health Campaign" will take place under the direction of Dr. Maribel Lizarzabal. Lectures include "What to do when a GERD Patient Does Not Respond to IBP" and "Pain and Abdominal Distension, Without Alarm Symptoms. What to do?" The conference is for gastroenterologists, internists, family physicians, general practitioners, integral, residents and interns.

WDHD Activities

When: Throughout 2012
Location: Venezuela

Various activities are taking place throughout 2012 include educational lectures to the community, educational videos on GERD and IBS for patients, a survey for patients, educational leaflets on GERD, dyspepsia, IBS and Constipation, articles on myths and realities, and more. To see the full WDHD 2012 report, click here