World Digestive Health Day is celebrated every year on 29th May. Each year World Digestive Health Day marks the start of a twelve-month long campaign focusing on raising public and professional awareness of a particular digestive disease or disorder, the campaign for 2018 was entitled Viral Hepatitis B & C: Lift the Global Burden
World Digestive Health Day was launched in 2004 to mark the 45th anniversary of the creation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation. The organisation has over 100 member societies and 50,000 individual members all over the world.
The World Health Organisation has estimated that there are 325 million people across the world who are living with Hepatitis B and C. These conditions can lead to chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. During World Digestive Health Day and the year that follows, the aim of the World Gastroenterology Organisation is to provide both medical professionals and the lay public, with an understanding of the latest research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis B and C.
For more information on World Digestive Health Day including information about upcoming events and more information about Viral Hepatitis B and C, those interested can visit the World Gastroenterology Organisation Website www.worldgastroenterology.org.