World IBD Day 2016

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Over 120 landmarks worldwide joined our global World IBD Day on 19 May to raise awareness about Crohn´s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, collectively known as IBD.

Famous landmarks from 28 countries on 5 continents were lit in purple that evening to show their support for the over 5 million people who live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The campaign was led by EFCCA together with its national IBD patient associations and many other IBD sister organisations and IBD activistis from around the world.

“It was amazing to see so many cities and countries coming together in our efforts to raise awareness for these devastating diseases,” says Martin Kojinkov, Chairperson of the European Federation of Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA).

“On 19 May we literally turned the world purple and highlighted the challenges with which over 5 million people are courageously coping every day.”

Many of the IBD patient organisations organized information events at these famous landmarks and actively engaged with the public and media.

We would like to thank all our colleagues and friends from around the world for making this campaign such a success.

Below you can read about some of the events that took place, if you would like to have a full overview please visit the World IBD Day website at:

Event date: 
May, 2016