IBD Awareness Week 2018

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The Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (ISCC) is launching IBD Awareness Week #IBDawarenessweek, running from December 1st-7th, 2018.

As part of IBD Awareness Week, the ISCC is calling on the Irish Government to prioritise improving specialist nursing support for everyone living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Ireland. This would require increasing the number of specialist nurses from 23 to a minimum of 28 specialists, bringing IBD nursing support in the country in line with international best practice.

IBD encompasses at least two separate forms that cause inflammation of the small and large intestines: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both are serious and under-recognised, lifelong conditions.

Approximately 40,000 people in Ireland have IBD (our colitis rate is one of the highest in the world), and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30. Around 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in Ireland and some regions, Kerry and Tipperary in particular, do not have specialist IBD nurse resources available.

Following on from the successful #DoubleUp for IBD campaign, which was launched on World IBD Day, 2017, the number of specialist IBD nurses has increased from 14 to 23. This campaign generated 4,251 signatures.

Please show your support for #IBDawarenessweek and sign the petition today to encourage Ireland to reach international best practice and increase the amount of specialist IBD nurses.