World IBD Day - Inflammatory Bowel Disease
World IBD Day will be celebrated on May 19th 2016. It is led by patient organizations representing 36 countries on four continents.
IBD, which stands for inflammatory bowel disease, is comprised of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide.Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis directly affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. The disease has a tremendous impact on the physical and emotional well-being. There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.
The 2016 World IBD campaign is entitled¨Improving quality of life for people with IBD¨ and as part of the campaign the EFCCA are aiming to illuminate famous landmarks in purple (the colour for World IBD Day) on 19 May 2016