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World Digestive Health Day 2019

Events, Success Stories, and WDHD in the News

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The WGO invites all WGO Member Societies, WGO Training Centers, WGO Regional Affiliates, and other WGO partners to submit their 2019 World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) events by clicking here. We encourage you to send photos, submit articles, and information on your event to be showcased throughout the year on this webpage and in WGO publications including e-WGN.


 Argentina

Press Conference: New Concepts in Gastrointestinal Cancer Surveillance

When:
28 May 2019
Location:
Hall of the Argentine Society of Gastroenterology
Address:
Marcelo T de Alvear 1381, 9th floor, Argentina
Organizer(s):
Argentine Society of Gastroenterology
Phone:
54114816-9396
Contact:
Website:
Event Description:
The Argentine Society of Gastroenterology (SAGE) gave a press conference in the framework of the World Digestive Health Day, celebrated by the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) every May 29, destined this year to promote prevention in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive cancer. The speakers provided especially information related to the controversy about the age of onset of colorectal cancer surveillance: 45 years or 50 years?

The conference was led by doctors Lisandro Pereyra (Medical Staff, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy of the German Hospital, trainer of the National Program for the Prevention and Detection of Colorectal Cancer) and María Laura González (Deputy Head of the Gastroenterology Service of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Deputy Director of the Hereditary Cancer Program of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires), on Tuesday, May 28 at the headquarters of the Argentine Society of Gastroenterology.
 

 Australia

5 Keys to Ultimate Health

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
City Tattersalls Club - Gadigal Room
Address:
198 Pitt Street, Level 2, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Organizer(s):
The Gut Foundation
Phone:
02 9287 6455
Website:
 

 Brazil

Prevention of Gastrointestinal Cancer: A Social Action in the Northeast of Brazil

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
Tambiá Shopping Center, João Pessoa/Paraiba
Address:
Deputado Odon Bezerra Street, 184 Tambiá, João Pessoa/Paraíba 58020-500
Organizer(s):
Gastroenterology Society of Paraíba
Contact:
Event Description:
The event is a social action to celebrate World Health Digestive Day, that will be held in João Pessoa/Paraíba State. This action will be carried out in partnership with leagues of students and related gastroenterology societies.
 

Social Action: World Digestive Health Day: Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
Teresina Shopping
Address:
Avenida Raul Lopes , nº 1000. Teresina Piaui, Brazil
Organizer(s):
Sociedade de Gastroenterologia Do Piaui
Contact:
 

 Cuba

Scientific Session Dedicated to Celebrate World Digestive Health Day

When:
31 May 2019
Location:
Hospital Cimeq
Address:
Cuba
Organizer(s):
Sociedad Cubana de Gastroenterología
Website:
 

 India

Screen the Unseen! - Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
Shobha Hospital and Superspeciality Gastroenterology Center
Address:
Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir Chowk, Sindhi Colony Road Jalgaon Maharashtra INDIA
Organizer(s):
Shobha Hospital and Superspeciality Gastroenterology Center
Phone:
+919989559329
Contact:
Event Description:
Lectures and demonstration to physicians and general surgeons about early diagnosis and treatment of GI cancer in resource limited areas.
 

Doctors & Public Interaction and Awareness Program for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of G.I. Cancers and Free Medical Consultation Camp

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
Medindia Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Address:
83, Valluvar Kottam High Road
Organizer(s):
Dr. T.S. Chandrasekar, MD, D.Sc, FRCP, FASGE, MWGO, Chairman & Chief Interventional Gastroenterologist, MedIndia Hospitals, Nungambakkam, Chennai, INDIA
Phone:
919840058678
Contact:
Event Description:
(1) Doctors & Public Interaction and Awareness Program for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of G.I. Cancers.
(2) Free Medical Consultation Camp for Digestive Cancer Detection & Concessional Treatment for Camp Attendees

Over 100 members of the public attended the Doctors & Public Interaction and Awareness Program for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of G.I. Cancers and clarified their doubts on G.I. Cancers. Further, the Free Medical Consultation Camp has been extended for 1 month with a 30% concession on Diagnostic Tests and Treatment Packages.
 

World Digestive Health Day [WDHD] 2019

When:
29 May 2019 - 31 August 2019
Location:
Pramod Convention and Club Resort
Address:
Mahanadi Ring Road, Matha Sahi, Cuttack 753008 INDIA
Organizer(s):
Kalinga Gastroenterology Foundation, the Department of Gastroenterology, SCB Medical College and the Odisha State Chapter of ISG
Phone:
+919437578857
Contact:
Event Description:
This was jointly organized by the Kalinga Gastroenterology Foundation, the Department of Gastroenterology, SCB Medical College, and the Odisha State Chapter of ISG. The event was an awareness campaign on “Prevention of Gastrointestinal Cancer” for the physicians and general public. A public education program was launched with the release of educational brochures on “Prevention of Gastrointestinal Cancer” in Odia [the regional language of Odisha], Hindi [the National language of India] and English. This was accompanied by a Press Meet to create awareness on “Prevention & Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer.” CME programs were organized for postgraduate students, family physicians, internists, and gastroenterologists. In during the 3 months, the CME program was telecast to the peripheral doctors in different districts of the State.
 

World Digestive Health Day 2019

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
IMS & SUM Hospital, Conference Hall
Address:
K-8 Kalinganagar, Ghatikia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751003 India
Organizer(s):
Department of Gastroenterology at IMS & SUM Hospital
Phone:
+91-8895744614
Contact:
Event Description:
World Digestive Health Day Celebration involving Gastroenterologists, Oncologists, young doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, and healthy people in the community. Awareness campaign done on prevention and early diagnosis of GI cancers.
 

 Iran

Prevention and Early Detection of Common Gastrointestinal Malignancies

When:
17 May 2019
Location:
Pars Hotel
Address:
Karimkhan-e-Zand Blvd., Shiraz, IRAN
Organizer(s):
Fars Branch of Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Website:
 

Digestive Health Week

When:
22-29 May 2019
Organizer(s):
Iranian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Phone:
+98 21 88 33 50 61-3
Website:
Event Description:
Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer
 

 Italy

2nd European Lifestyle Medicine Congress

When:
8-10 November 2019
Location:
Roma Eventi - Fontana di Trevi
Address:
Rome, Italy
Organizer(s):
European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO)
Contact:
Website:
 

 Latvia

Digestive Oncology: Where Are We Now?

When:
7 June 2019
Location:
Riga East University Hospital
Address:
Hipokrata str. 4, Latvia
Organizer(s):
Gastroenterology Support Society, Latvian Gastroenterology Association
 

 Myanmar

World Digestive Health Day Event

When:
26 May 2019
Location:
Mysnmar Medical Association
Address:
Department of Gastroenterology
Mandalay General Hospital
Organizer(s):
Department of Gastroenterology, Mandalay General Hospital
Phone:
9592225768
Contact:
Event Description:
Public talk and health education.
 

 Nepal

World Digestive Health Day Event

When:
31 May 2019
Location:
Gastro and Liver Foundation Nepal
Address:
Third floor, Everest Hospital, Baneswor, Kathmandu Nepal
Organizer(s):
Gastro and Liver Foundation Nepal
Phone:
009779851014358
Contact:
 

 Nigeria

SOGHIN Observes WDHD 2019

When:
30 May 2019
Organizer(s):
Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria
Phone:
(+234) 803 385 9387
Contact:
Website:
Event Description:
WDHD Blog Posting
 

 Pakistan

Screening and Early Diagnosis of GI Cancers

When:
19 June 2019
Location:
University Auditorium
Address:
Clifton Karachi
Organizer(s):
Dr. Ziauddin University Hospital
Phone:
+923212000482
Contact:
Event Description:
Dr. Ziauddin University Hospital Clifton Karachi Pakistan organized a seminar to observe World Digestive Health Day with the title of “Early detection and screening of GI-cancers.” The seminar focused on the barriers of early diagnosis of G.I cancers to timely cure and the importance of screening and surveillance among the masses. The program was attended by the GI community, medical students, trainee doctors, and general physicians. 

Professor Zaigham Abbas, the Chair of the Department of Gastroenterology welcomed the attendees. Professor Faisal Ziauddin stressed upon the screening and early detection of esophageal and gastric cancers. He also warned the audience regarding the rising number of these cancers in Pakistan. Dr. Khurram Baqai presented on different methods of screening of colorectal cancers, their relative significance, and advantage of early screening in a selected population, as by far colorectal cancer is one of the cancers that has achieved the maximum advantage of screening and surveillance. Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early when treatment works best. Dr. Zaigham Abbas elaborated on surveillance of hepatocellular carcinomas, explaining difficulties faced in this area and shed light on the ways to overcome these difficulties HCC is the most common type of primary liver cancer. It occurs most often in people with chronic liver diseases, such as cirrhosis caused by hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.

There was zealous participation by the audience in each session. To make it further interactive, case based scenarios were discussed with the audience regarding the theme.
 

 Poland

Cancer: Evidence Based Therapies – Prevention and Treatment

When:
16 November 2019
Location:
The Auditorium Prof. Stanisław Skoczowski
Address:
West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, UL, Poland
Organizer(s):
Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin
Contact:
Website:
Event Description:
Malignant neoplasms kill nearly 100,000 people a year, which is 20% of all deaths. According to the Polish Union of Oncology, it is one of the highest rates in Europe. At the same time, the awareness of prophylaxis and therapy of cancer is small. Time to change it.

An important issue is the issue of nutrition of oncological patients. Still many patients do not have access to knowledge on the subject, and do not even distinguish nutrition in prevention from nutrition during therapy. We will address these two topics at our next meeting.

Together with a group of experts, practitioners actively supporting the sick, and at the same time great speakers, we will talk about effective and scientifically proven ways to reduce the risk of disease. We will cover topics such as micronutrients, genetic predispositions, screening, food production and supplements, as well as the issue of intestinal microbiome and possible pro- and pre- or symbiotic therapy.

In the second part of the conference, we will focus on nutrition of patients during chemo, radio and immunotherapy. Our lecturers will answer the following questions: what to do when an emaciation develops? What supplements to use - and whether at all? Is it worth to decide on immunising? How much "does he eat" the surgical wound? If and when to encourage the patient to enter- and parenteral nutrition? When is nutritional therapy no longer meaningful? Is it worth to use a ketogenic diet in the nutrition of a self-nourishing patient, as well as in the form of fat emulsions in parenteral oncology patients?
 

 Spain

WGO in Celebrating World Digestive Health Day 2019!

When:
29 May 2019
Organizer(s):
Asociación Española de Gastroenterología (AEG)
Phone:
+34 91 5551119
Contact:
Website:
 

 Ukraine

World Digestive Health Day in Ukraine

When:
6 June 2019
Location:
Lviv, Dnister Hotel
Organizer(s):
Ukrainian Gastroenterology Association
Phone:
+380672096907
Website:
 

 United States

ACG Observes #WDHD2019 Watch. Listen. Read.

When:
29 May 2019
Address:
6400 Goldsboro Rd, Ste 200, Bethesda, MD 20817
Organizer(s):
American College of Gastroenterology
Phone:
3012639000
Contact:
Website:
 

 Uruguay

Diagnosis and Early Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancer
Diagnóstico y tratamiento precoz de cáncer gastrointestinal

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
National Cancer Institute / Instituto Nacional del Cáncer
Address:
Juanicó 3265, Montevideo, Uruguay
Organizer(s):
Uruguayan Gastroenterology Society (SGU)
Phone:
(598) 94427876
Contact:
Website:
Event Description:
Scientific multidisciplinary activity
 

 Venezuela

Early Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Cancer

When:
29 May 2019
Location:
Central University of Venezuela
Address:
Caracas
Organizer(s):
nezuelan Gastroenterology Society
Phone:
584265333333
Contact:
Website:
Event Description:
Interhospital meeting in the Central University of Venezuela on early diagnosis and adequate treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.
 

WDHD in the News

7 Things You Need to Know for World Digestive Health Day.” Healio, 29 May 2019, www.healio.com/gastroenterology/oncology/news/online/%7B2cd02bb3-3743-4fd5-994d-a94bc1de6697%7D/7-things-you-need-to-know-for-world-digestive-health-day.

Gonzales, Sasha. “Lifestyle Changes That Lower Your Risks of Colorectal Cancer.” South China Morning Post, 30 May 2019, www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3012236/gastrointestinal-cancers-lifestyle-changes-lower-risk.

Guard Your Gut against Cancer, Advise Experts.” The Star Online, 4 June 2019, www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2019/06/05/guard-your-gut-against-cancer-advise-experts/.

'It Is Possible To Keep Cancer Away By Avoiding Risk Factors'.” ODISHA BYTES, 29 May 2019, www.odishabytes.com/it-is-possible-to-keep-cancer-away-by-avoiding-risk-factors/.

It's All about the Cake/Lettuce Balance.” PMLiVE Site, PMGroup Worldwide Limited, 30 May 2019, www.pmlive.com/pmhub/healthcare_advertising/page_and_page/white_papers_and_resources/its_all_about_the_cakelettuce_balance.

Josh, Jagran. “It Is Possible To Keep Cancer Away By Avoiding Risk Factors: Expert.” Jagranjosh.com, 30 May 2019, www.jagranjosh.com/articles/it-is-possible-to-keep-cancer-away-by-avoiding-risk-factors-expert-1559212419-1.

Mageswari, M. “Listen to Your Gut for Good Health - Metro News: The Star Online.” Metro News | The Star Online, 28 June 2019, www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2019/06/28/listen-to-your-gut-for-good-health/.

Minimally Invasive Technologies Show Promise in Managing GI Cancer.” Express Healthcare, 29 May 2019, www.expresshealthcare.in/blogs/guest-blogs-healthcare/minimally-invasive-technologies-show-promise-in-managing-gi-cancer/411766/.

Molloy, Shannon. “Australians Are Falling Short on Vital Gut Health.” NewsComAu, 29 May 2019, www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/awareness-of-the-importance-of-gut-health-is-at-its-highest-but-aussies-are-still-falling-short/news-story/6065849c19a8d22ca3abf2923cb6eee7.

Screen the Unseen: Time to Fight GI Cancer with Early Diagnosis and Treatment.” APN News, 29 May 2019, www.apnnews.com/screen-the-unseen-time-to-fight-gi-cancer-with-early-diagnosis-and-treatment/.

Time to Fight GI Cancer with Early Diagnosis and Treatment - ET HealthWorld.” ETHealthworld.com, 31 May 2019, health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/time-to-fight-gi-cancer-with-early-diagnosis-and-treatment/69590851.

World Digestive Health Day.” Capital Digestive Care, 2019, www.capitaldigestivecare.com/news-resources/news/world-digestive-health-day.

World Digestive Health Day 2019.” Love Your Gut, 28 May 2019, loveyourgut.com/news/world-digestive-health-day-2019/.

World Digestive Health Day 29 May 2019 Early Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Cancer.” New Zealand Doctor, 28 May 2019, www.nzdoctor.co.nz/article/undoctored/world-digestive-health-day-29-may-2019-early-diagnosis-and-treatment-gi-cancer.