We at WGO are deeply shaken and concerned by the occurrences taking place in Ukraine and express our deepest sympathy to our Ukrainian members, friends, colleagues, and citizens.
Together with colleagues from all nations, we mourn the suffering and loss of life that war has brought. One can hardly express the sadness with which we have watched the devastating impact that these military actions have been causing.
As the global guardians of digestive health, dedicated to the care and treatment of all people, WGO stands firmly against war and any form of violence anywhere in the world. We hope for a peaceful resolution to this conflict to prevent further harm and pain.
WGO is committed to increasing global awareness of gastrointestinal and liver disorders and improving care of these disorders by providing high quality educational and training opportunities to medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals throughout the world, regardless of location.
We at WGO express our solidarity and moral support to all of our Ukrainian colleagues, the Ukrainian Gastroenterological Association, members, and friends, in addition to those working as first responders on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding countries like Poland and Romania.
We call on our Member Societies to stand together in solidarity for Ukraine, for peace and support of those who are impacted by the events unfolding.
We ask that our members consider donating to the Red Cross or similar organizations that assist with humanitarian relief for those impacted by this war.