World Swallowing Day

Inspired by the annual World Voice Day, and since 2011, the UEP member Ass. Prof. Mohamed Farahat (MD, PhD) from the Research Chair of Voice, Swallowing, and Communication Disorders (RCVASD), King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and his colleagues suggested December 12th to celebrate World Swallowing Day (WSD).

The purpose is a public awareness campaign to emphasize normal swallowing, different swallowing disorders, and causes, early detection, prevention, and management of these disorders. The RCVASD celebrated this day already in 2011.

Here you can find the WSD homepage of the RCVASD (https://c.ksu.edu.sa) by Ass. Prof. Mohamed Farahat .

Therefore, UEP kindly asked Ass. Prof. Mohamed Farahat to be the International Coordinator of the WSD. He accepted to overtake this task and made the following proposals:

  • Awareness campaigns in hospitals, public malls, …
  • Prepare an awareness video (in different languages) about normal swallowing process, swallowing disorders, and how to prevent them.
  • Contact the media (TV, Radio, Social networks) to announce for the celebration
  • Ask for volunteers to share in the campaign, including students
  • Print educational brochures about swallowing disorders and how to prevent them.
  • We want to think about a slogan to attract the people
  • Prepare a lecture to be presented in hospitals (for health care providers), and another one in public places (for the lay people) about swallowing process and disorders
  • Each centre to prepare its own census about swallowing cases that it receives annually and the percentage of these cases from the all communication disorders cases
  • Upload all of this information to the UEP website under the page (World Swallowing Day)

Planned events from UEP members


Planned events from UEP members

Saudi-Arabia WSD Ass. Prof. Mohamed Farahat, Riyadh


Youtube channel

Link of “Talking Pharynx”

Nasser Hassan, MD, PhD, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Hatem Ez, MD, PhD, King Fahad Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait WSD under patronage of his excellency the Minister of State of Cabinet affairs and Minister of Health Shaikh Mohammad Al-Sabah; organised by:

Dr. Abeer Khalifa AlHaifi
Phoniatrics, M.D.
Head of Shaikh Salem AlAli center for audiology and speech
Ministry of Health


Dubai Dr. Gamal Yousef
  Managerial senior physician Dr. Dirk Deuster, Münster

Statements und Diskussionen zum Welt-Schluck-Tag
12.12.2013, 19:00 Uhr
Moderation: Dr. Matthias Weikert
Regensburger Ärztenetz

The essential first step:
Screening around the swallowing disordered patient
12.12.2013, 5:30-9:15 pm
Keynote speaker: Stephanie K. Daniels, PhD, CCC, BRS-S
3. IAS Symposium
University Hospital Frankfurt am Main
Moderation: Dr. Christiane Hey

Schluckstörungen-von der Kindheit bis ins hohe Alter Interdisziplinäre Veranstaltung anlässlich des Welttages des Schluckens
12.12.2013, 16:00-18:00 o‘clock
Clinic for Phoniatrics und Pedaudiology
University Hospital Münster
Moderation: Managerial senior physician Dr. Dirk Deuster