Health observance days, weeks, or months are devoted to promoting and raising awareness about particular health concerns.
Raising awareness is critical to advance research and improve care for people affected by FGIMDs. The more we spread the word and talk openly about these conditions, the greater our ability to make connections with people who can benefit from our support and raise the funds needed to provide it. A higher profile can translate into larger federal investments in research activities and a stronger commitment from industry to develop new treatment options.
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Rare Disease Day
Rare disease day takes place worldwide, typically on or near the last day of February each year, to raise awareness among policymakers and the public about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.
IBS Awareness Month
IBS Awareness Month is listed on the U.S. National Health Observances calendar. If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you are not alone – IBS is common with prevalence estimated at 5% to 10%. Yet many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medically recognized disorder.
Gastroparesis Awareness Month
During the month of August, IFFGD works to focus attention on important health messages about gastroparesis diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues. The goals include improving understanding of gastroparesis to help patients and families manage the condition, and encouraging preventive strategies.
GERD Awareness Week
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common disorder. Each year around the week of Thanksgiving, IFFGD encourages people experiencing the symptoms, which may be GERD-related, to consult their physicians and to contact us to receive information and support regarding the condition.
Constipation Awareness Month
Although not on the U.S. National Health Observance calendar, IFFGD acknowledges the need to raise awareness for Constipation during the month of December.