To mark World IBD Day 2019 on the 19th May, Malta Association of Crohn’s and Colitis (MACC) is holding a display of posters on IBD in the foyer of Mater Dei Hospital from the 13th till the 21st May 2019.
IBD, which stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, is comprised of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The main aim of the display is to increase awareness about these two conditions and to provide help and support to sufferers of IBD.
On Wednesday 15th May in the evening, the Annual General Meeting for 2018 will be held at the main hall of the Parish Centre of Sta Marija Parish Church in Birkirkara. The AGM will include a special presentation titled ‘Coming to terms with IBD: More on psychological Issues and self-help tools’ presented by Jason Copperstone, Counselling Psychologist and Principal Psychologist at the Clinical Psychology Department in Mater Dei Hospital.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
It is estimated that IBD affects five million people worldwide. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis directly affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores, and bleed easily. There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering which IBD patients courageously cope with every day of their lives.
The main aims of MACC are to offer support to persons and relatives of persons suffering from Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (IBD), to help them improve their quality of life and to promote public awareness about these chronic conditions. It also intends to promote patients’ needs and rights and to encourage and promote research.