Neocate is proud to be a sponsor of National Eosinophil Awareness Week (NEAW), which takes place next week, May 18th-May 24th. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness and educate the general public and medical communities about eosinophil-associated diseases, also known as Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGIDs). This refers to a group of diseases characterized by unusually high levels of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in the digestive tract.
There are several different types of EGIDS, which are named according to where the high levels of eosinophils are located within the digestive tract.
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE): high numbers of eosinophils in the esophagus.
- Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG): high numbers of eosinophils in the stomach.
- Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE): high numbers of eosinophils in the stomach and small intestine.
- Eosinophilic Colitis (EC): high numbers of eosinophils in the large intestine
The theme of NEAW is E-D-U-C-A-T-E (Educate, Donate, Unite, Change, Awareness, Thank, Engage). Each topic corresponds with a list of suggested activities for each day of the awareness week. To view the suggested activities and other tips and resources for getting involved, visit the APFED website. Don’t forget to change your social media profile picture to the NEAW images, which you can download here.
A big part of raising awareness is sharing your story, therefore, in recognition of NEAW we’d like to share some of the stories we’ve collected about children living with eosinophilic disease.
What are your plans for NEAW?