Inaugural World IBS Day Launches April 19th for 700 Million Worldwide IBS Sufferers

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New annual event will raise 10 cents for every social tweet on the day in order to raise awareness about the quality of life issues while living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and to show strong support for research and healthcare professionals

Jeffrey Roberts, Founder IBS Patient Support Group stated that, “We created World IBS Day to take place every year on April 19th to unite the world to raise awareness about IBS under one banner.

The IBS Patient Support Group, an online patient community for IBS sufferers, announced a new initiative this April to designate April 19th as World IBS Day to raise awareness for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients and to show strong support for research & healthcare professionals in their pursuit to find treatments. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common digestive disorder which can significantly impair a patient’s quality of life. It affects roughly 10% of the global population or 700 million people worldwide.

World IBS Day asks for people to use the hashtags #LetsTalkIBS, #IBSAwarenessDay or #WorldIBSDay on social platforms. For every tweet, post or #hashtag on April 19th, 10 cents will be donated to support research and education for IBS.

The World IBS Day website is located at worldibsday.org and is supported on this inaugural year by organizations and individuals from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Organizations, institutions, vendors and industry involvement are invited to join in via the website.

Alison Reid, CEO The IBS Network (UK) commented that, “As the national charity supporting people in the UK we are happy to be involved in anything that will raise the profile of this often debilitating condition and encourage people to talk about their experiences living with IBS.”

Jeffrey Roberts, Founder IBS Patient Support Group stated that, “We created World IBS Day to take place every year on April 19th to unite the world to raise awareness about IBS under one banner. We believe that World IBS Day begins a new conversation about Irritable Bowel Syndrome where it is hoped that worldwide awareness activities will culminate on a single day to talk about patients, education, research and support for healthcare professionals and their efforts to find treatment options.”

For more information about World IBS Day, visit http://www.worldibsday.org

About Jeffrey Roberts, and the IBS Patient Support Group (http://www.ibspatient.org):

The IBS Patient Support Group was established by Jeffrey Roberts who was the founder of the first Irritable Bowel Syndrome patient community website in 1995. The IBS Patient Support Group community was launched as a public education advocacy community for sufferers and believes in evidenced-based medicine and non-anecdotal treatment options for patients. Jeffrey Roberts has been an Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferer for over 25+ years and has worked closely with researchers, industry and patients for over 30 years.

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