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!!!!



   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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