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World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2018

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Message from the Co-Chairs

Viral Hepatitis, B and C: Lift the Global Burden

Dear Colleagues,

Viral Hepatitis causes an inflammation of the liver due to a viral infection. Most cases of Viral Hepatitis are contracted through one of five viruses including, hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis D virus (HDV) and hepatitis E virus (HEV). Of the five hepatitis viruses, all can cause acute hepatitis, however only HBV, HCV, and HDV frequently cause chronic hepatitis which can lead to liver cirrhosis and to liver cancer.1

Data from the World Health Organization reveals that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic HBV and HCV infection. In 2015, 1.34 million deaths were caused by viral hepatitis, a number comparable to deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV. Approximately 1.75 million people were newly infected with HCV in 2015; while an estimated 257 million people, mostly adults born before the introduction of the HBV vaccine, were living with chronic HBV in 2015.1 Continue reading here!


Highlights and Happenings of WDHD 2018

Please select the title below to view the highlights and happenings of WDHD 2018!


Public Events in Support of WDHD

World Digestive Health Day is celebrated and observed all year long. To help us advocate and raise awareness for Viral Hepatitis, B and C, in 2018, submit your event today!


Tools and Resources - New!

World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2018 is pleased to provide various tools and resources for use across the globe, in support of this year's campaign, on our WDHD 2018 - Tools and Resources webpage. Also, we invite you to also share your resources with us, which may be linked to from the aforementioned webpage.

Select here to learn more about our Aims for the WDHD 2018 Campaign!


Supporting WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades

The following WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades are featured as useful resources in support of World Digestive Health Day 2018.

View the Supporting WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades.

View the WGO Global Guidelines and Cascades Library.


Join the WDHD Conversation on Social Media - New!

To join the conversation in support of WDHD 2018, tag WGO on Facebook (World Digestive Health Day - WDHD) and/or Twitter (@WGOF_WDHD), and be sure to include #WDHD2018 in your post. We encourage you to connect and interact with us on LinkedIn too, as WGO and WGO Foundation are now officially part of the LinkedIn community!

Like @WGOFWDHD
on Facebook
Follow @WGOF_WDHD
on Twitter
Connect with WGO/WGOF
on LinkedIn

To learn more about how to engage with WGO and WGO Foundation on social media, select here.