World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day is a global healthcare event commemorated every year on the 19th of May to promote awareness of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis worldwide. On this day, various global and local organisations step forward together to support a crore of people globally that suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases.
This year, 2023, the World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day theme is “IBD has no age“.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a chronic condition resulting from interactions between intestinal microorganisms and the immune system in susceptible individuals. It can be classified into Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. While both cause bowel inflammation, a distinction is made based on the site and morphological expression.
The large intestine, also known as the colon, is responsible for absorbing water and electrolytes from undigested food, forming solid waste (stool), and eliminating it from the body. The colon is divided into four parts: the ascending, transverse, descending, and the sigmoid colon, which further connects to the rectum.