IBD Foundation is a Canadian organization focused on fighting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These conditions are characterized by a chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract, and the two most common types are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
The main mission of the IBD Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of people living with IBD, while its vision is ‘bridging the gap between health care and self-care for the IBD community,'” as stated on the IBD Foundation‘s website. In order to accomplish these goals, the work of the organization is based on three branches: commitment, competence and compassion.
Based on these pillars, the IBD Foundation works to fulfill the unmet needs of children and adults who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases. While these conditions cause symptoms like abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea that may be bloody, severe urgency to have a bowel movement, fever, weight loss, loss of appetite, and iron deficiency anemia due to blood loss, many patients still ignore them or are misdiagnosed.
“We actively support and promote the ideology that all individuals affected by any of the inflammatory bowel diseases have the right, freedom and responsibility to access accurate, unbiased and useful information so that they can be empowered to take control, make decisions and have an active role in the management of their own illness.”
To raise awareness for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and help fight the conditions, the IBD Foundation offers numerous educational programs. These include Youth Gut Together focused on helping young people with IBD, the IBD Foundation Scholarship to support the studies of young IBD patients, and a dietitian/nutritionist education program to increase understanding about the importance of a healthy diet for IBD sufferers.
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