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When: 15 May
Where. European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
EFCCA will organize an awareness raising event in the European Parliament supported by several MEPs. Read more>>

Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

World IBD Day is marked on 19 May each year. World IBD Day is led by patient organisations representing 35 countries on four continents from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, 28 European nations through the umbrella organisation EFCCA, Israel, Japan, New Zealand to the United States of America.

Following last year´s successful campaign in which we lit up in purple over 140 famous landmarks around the globe in order to raise awareness about IBD on 19 May we want to repeat the same campaign and involve even more IBD associations and activists.
We will post more info in the coming weeks in the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch with Isabella Haaf:
We hope you will be able to join our efforts!!


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When: 12-19 May
Where: Lubljana, Maribor and other cities
Communication campaign under the slogan  "Currently indisposed - thanks for understanding". Special feature of this communication campaign will be a series of short street theater performances. Read more>>


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2015 World wide awareness raising campaign

13 April 2015

This year more than 40 countries across the globe are joining together in a unified effort to raise awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in honor of  World IBD Day, held every year on May 19. This year’s efforts center around a global video campaign encouraging anyone impacted by IBD to share their story in a short video with the unifying theme of  “United We Stand.”  Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  


How to get involved!

The campaign calls for anyone affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis--patients, caregivers, gastroenterologists, nurses, family and friends to submit a YouTube video sharing their story.   

Videos should not be longer than 20 seconds. It should include your name, your city and country, two sentences about how IBD has impacted your life and end with the message “United We Stand in the Fight Against IBD. For social media, use #UnitedWeStand2015. Videos will be made public on 19 May 2015 and can be viewed on the World IBD Day website (www.worldibdday.org).


Campaign instructions


Show the world how IBD has impacted your life! Join others in their daily fight against IBD.


2015 WORLD IBD DAY: EFCCA to participate in Brussels half marathon

Brussels, 5 February 2015


World IBD Day is coming up soon and we, at EFCCA, are now busy organising our participation at the Brussels half marathon to raise awareness about Crohn´s Disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and which affect over 3 million people in Europe.


The half marathon will take place on 31 May and we hope to have a team of around 40 runners to run under the colours of the purple EFCCA team. The event in Brussels forms part of other worldwide activities that are being undertaken by IBD sister associations from four continents to mark World IBD Day (official date on 19 May). 


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EFCCA team at Brussels 20 km marathon



A dedicated team of EFCCArunners participated in the 20 km marathon race in Brussels in order to raise awareness about IBD.  “We want to show the world that having a chronic disease does not mean you cannot participate in an active and fulfilling life “ said Martin Kojinkov, one of the EFCCA runners. More info.



New: Video clip from the World IBD Day 2014 event, Brussels






Launch of 2012 grant programme - IBD Research Foundation

18 May 2012

The IBD Research foundation management board recently decided to launch its 2012 grant program on 19 May, World IBD day. We will make available three grants of 5000,- euro each for IBD related research projects.


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World IBD Day 2012- Brussel event

Brussels, 15 May 2012

Representatives of EFCCA meet with Members of the European Parliament to improve life of people living with IBD in the European Union.


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Human purple ribbon - New Zealand

New Zealand, 16 May 2012


Over 100 local members and family, wearing purple t-shirts joined together to form a purple ribbon and then reformed to spell IBD on the grounds of the New Zealand Parliament.


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Crohn's and Colitis and Employment: From career aspirations to reality

03 September 2011

New research has found that 68% of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) feel that they have little or no control over their working conditions and a third receive minimal or no support from their employer.

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Australian Population Study

03 September 2011

The number of Australians living with IBD is on the rise.

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Angela McAvoy Fellowship Progress Report

03 September 2011

Does cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) improve psychological and/or clinical outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

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World IBD Day in Brussels 2011

03 September 2011

World IBD Day events in Brussels, including a meeting with European Commissioners, and an unusual street performance outside the parliament building!

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World IBD Associations