About Rare Disease Day

Find out what Rare Disease Day is about

28 February 2017 marks the tenth international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS. On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from countries and regions all over the world will hold awareness-raising activities based on the theme of research.

Rare Disease DayWhat is Rare Disease Day?

Rare Disease Day is held on the last day of February every year to raise awareness of rare diseases.
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Rare DiseaseWhat is a Rare Disease?

A rare disease, also referred to as an orphan disease, is any disorder that affects a small percentage of the population. Although the disease may be rare, patients and families share a common struggle.
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Living with a Rare Disease, Day-by-day, Hand in handTheme for 2017

This year the theme is Research. Research is key. It brings hope to the millions of people living with a rare disease across the world and their families.
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Rare Disease DayOverview of Past Rare Disease Days

See year-by-year highlights and how Rare Disease Day has grown since its first celebration in 2008!
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