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WDHD 2011: Enteric Infections: Prevention & Management

WDHD 2011: Enteric Infections: Prevention & Management

World Digestive Health Day 2011 Campaign Leader Dr. Robert Steffen World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) 2011: Enteric infections: prevention and management.

Basing on UNICEF/WHO (2009) „Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. Today, only 39 per cent of children with diarrhea in developing countries receive the recommended treatment, and limited trend data suggest that there has been little progress since 2000.“ Enteric infections, however, are not only occurring only in developing countries. In the United States it is estimated that children less than 5 years old will have 2.2 episodes of diarrhea per year, in those above the age of 16 years this rate is still 1.7. German sources describe that one third of the total population will have diarrhea at least once annually. There were some 16,000 deaths from diarrhea recorded in Europe in 2002. Lastly, travelers originating in industrialized countries must expect an incidence rate of travelers’ diarrhea exceeding 20%, sometimes even exceeding 50%, during a two weeks’ stay in a developing country.

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Dr. Robert Steffen
WDHD 2011 Campaign Director
Chairman, WDHD 2011 Steering Committee
Emeritus Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of Communicable Diseases, University of Zurich, Switzerland

WDHD 2011 Steering Committee Members:

  • Dr. Bernard Levin, Chair, WGO Foundation, ex-officio member, Steering Committee
  • Dr. Henry J. Binder, Yale University, USA
  • Dr. Santanu Chatterjee, Wellesley Medicentre, India
  • Dr. Herbert L. DuPont, University of Texas School of Public Health and Baylor College of Medicine, USA
  • Dr. Michael Farthing, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Yasmine Motarjemi, Food Safety Consultant, Switzerland

Educational Tools & Resources

WGO is pleased to provide the following information related to WDHD, & specifically for various enteric infections

Submit an Event & Request the WDHD Logo We encourage our member societies to submit WDHD events and incorporate the WDHD logo. To begin, click here.


Acute Diarrhea Guideline
The WGO Global Guideline on Acute Diarrhea was released in 2008 and offers multiple clinical Cascades for treatment at every resource level.
Learn more about this year’s campaign, and the history of World Digestive Health Day
To Continue Reading & Download this special edition WDHD Supplement, Click Here
Looking For the Official WDHD Press Release? Download that along with the full press kit here
Frequently Asked Questions on Travelers' Diarrhea
Looking for more information on foodbourne illness? View these recent articles:
  • View the LA Times Article
  • View the Bloomberg Article
  • View the WSJ Article
  • View the NY Times Article


    Click Below to Download the Special Edition WDHD Supplement

    2011 handout