|Joined EDI in:||2010|
|Members:||108 national societies and four regional associations of gastroenterology representing over 50,000 individual members worldwide|
|Meetings:||World Congress of Gastroenterology (every four years, 12,000 attendees)|
The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is a federation of 108 national societies and four regional associations of gastroenterology representing over 50,000 individual members worldwide. Formed in 1935 and incorporated in 1958, WGO was originally known as Organisation Mondiale de Gastroénterologie (OMGE) and renamed in 2006.
The WGO, a 501 (c)(3) organisation, focuses on the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale.
The WGO Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic resource for the WGO, was incorporated in 2007. It supports the WGO and its mission. The principal aims of the Foundation in raising funds are firstly, to provide opportunities for training gastroenterologists in developing countries; and secondly, to raise awareness of digestive disorders worldwide.