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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

Mark Your Calendars for
World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2018

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Join WGO to Help Lift the Global Burden of
Viral Hepatitis, B and C

Since 2005, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) and the WGO Foundation (WGOF) have convened World Digestive Health Day (WDHD), a public health, advocacy and awareness campaign. WDHD, celebrated annually on 29th May and perpetuated throughout the year, focuses on a particular digestive or liver disorder and aims to put into perspective several aspects related to the focus including prevention, prevalence, diagnosis, management and treatment. The success of WDHD derives from the global participation of WGO Member Societies, WGO Training Centers, WGO Regional Affiliate Associations, and other WGO partners worldwide.

Campaign Information

The WDHD 2018 Campaign is titled "Viral Hepatitis, B and C: Lift the Global Burden". Dr. Yun-Fan Liaw (Taiwan) and Dr. Brian McMahon (USA) are the Co-Chairs of WDHD 2018. By participating in the campaign, you are helping to: 

  • Advocate and raise awareness of Viral Hepatitis, B and C, most especially its management and the availability of treatment, in countries where the viruses are being newly or increasingly diagnosed.
  • Inform physicians, pharmacists, allied health professionals, healthcare payers and the public of the prevalence, risk factors and causes of Viral Hepatitis, B and C.
  • Educate through an evidence-based and patient-centered approach to the prevention and diagnosis of Viral Hepatitis, B and C.

To learn more about WDHD 2018 today, we welcome you to visit any of the following WDHD 2018 webpages:

How to Get Involved

WGO and WGOF invite you to start planning your WDHD 2018 event today! While the official date of WDHD 2018 is 29th May, many events will take place throughout the year. We challenge you to get involved in the campaign by creating exciting ways to advocate and raise awareness of Viral Hepatitis, B and C, all year long. Below are a few way that you may TAKE ACTION and CELEBRATE in your respective community. WGO and WGOF are appreciative of all campaign participants and for your continued efforts to support the WDHD campaign.

  • Host an academic conference or symposium featuring scientific programs, plenaries, poster presentations and/or forums on Viral Hepatitis,
    B and C.
  • Create Viral Hepatitis prevention toolkits for healthcare professionals and the general public.
  • Organize a public awareness campaign and disseminate campaign materials through blogs, podcasts, videos and brochures.

Create your own way to TAKE ACTION to support WDHD, and share with us!

  • Host a walk-a-thon to rally your community in support of WDHD.
  • Generate Viral Hepatitis awareness by developing a social media campaign.
  • Engage your local media with podcasts, public service announcements, pres releases, radio advertisements and/or TV interviews.

Create your own way to CELEBRATE WDHD,
and share with us!

Please visit to officially submit your event for inclusion on the WGO Meetings and Events calendar and/or to request a copy of the WDHD 2018 logo for use in promoting this year's campaign.

For questions regarding WDHD 2018, please email

Join the WDHD Conversation on Social Media!

WGO and WGO Foundation want to hear from you! 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 on LinkedIn