Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

World IBD Day is marked on 19 May each year. World IBD Day is led by patient organisation representing 35 countries on four continents from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, 28 European nations through the umbrella organisation EFCCA, Israel, Japan, New Zealand to the United States of America.

Please click on World IBD Events to see what happened this year in the individual countries.

Help us to raise awareness and join our fight against IBD!!!!


Event Date: May 24th, 2021

Exhibiting their artistic talents, politicians and leaders across New Zealand have put up their hands to raise awareness of people living with chronic illnesses. On 24 May, an artistic installation called “Unmasking IBD” will be unveiled at the Grand Hall of Parliament, representing the masks that people with chronic diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis wear to hide their illnesses in everyday life.

Prominent New Zealanders are creating doodles, empathising with those behind the masks. These doodles will be exhibited as a key part of the installation created by Wairarapa artist, Katie Gracie, who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis nine years ago.

The installation is being hosted by Health Select Committee member Chris Bishop in conjunction with Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust, commemorating World IBD Day which is celebrated in over fifty countries.

Dr. Richard Stein, gastroenterologist and Chairman of the trust, says, “The purpose of the installation is to highlight the fact that many diseases are “hidden”. There are people all around us, in the workplace, studying in our schools and universities, raising families who are dealing with challenges most of us cannot even imagine. This purpose of the installation is to raise awareness and to honour their strength”.

Katie Gracie, the artist, notes that “While the project is in commemoration of World IBD Day, it is to raise awareness of everyone who is living and dealing with a chronic illness.”

“Unmasking IBD” will be exhibited in several cities throughout New Zealand until the end of the year.




   May 19th, 2020

Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand is recognising World IBD Day on the 19th of May 2020, by asking patients with IBD to share some of their challenges that they have had to face since their diagnosis with IBD.

For more information, please look at these YouTube videos.


We are calling for people to donate to our Give a little page we have set up specifically for World IBD Day.



  WORLD IBD DAY, at Parliament 

   May 16th, 2012

Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand recognised World IBD Day on 16th May 2012 with a call to action to ‘join the fight against IBD. Over 100 local members and family, wearing purple t-shirts joined together to form a purple ribbon and then reformed to spell IBD on the grounds of the New Zealand Parliament.

The Associate Minister of Health Hon. Peter Dunne, along with Dr Jackie Blue talked of the very high rate of IBD in New Zealand  and the public release of the results of the European IMPACT report.

Watch us here on Breakfast TV (from about one and a half hours),  Michael Robinson had the opportunity to talk about his little brother's battle with Crohn's.


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