Rare Disease Day – observed on the last day of February – aims to raise awareness for those living with a rare disease and their families and carers, as well as help improve therapeutic options and access to treatments.
About 3.5-5.9% of the world population (around 260-440 million people) is living with a rare disease. Those affected with a rare disease face specific challenges. Initial misdiagnosis and delay in diagnosis are common due to lack of scientific knowledge and varying symptoms between patients with the same rare disease. Additionally, those living with a rare disease face difficulties in accessing quality treatments and care.Back