Saturday 29 February was the 13th edition of Rare Disease Day. The campaign continues to grow each year since it was first launched in 2008. Thousands of events were organised over 100 countries and regions to mark the occasion.
The community joined together across borders and across diseases to show that Rare is many. Rare is strong. Rare is proud!
Rare Disease Day Events
- Thousands of events took place in over 100 countries.
- We welcomed 4 new countries to the campaign: Gabon, Iraq, Kosovo and Rwanda.
- There was a fantastic variety of awareness events including a march to raise awareness in Argentina, a family day in Lebanon, and a discussion on health and educational policies on rare diseases in Tanzania.
Did you host or attend a Rare Disease Day event in 2020? Upload your photos and videos to our website and send us your press clippings and links to videos if you had any media coverage to [email protected].
Show your colours for Rare Disease Day
People around the world were inspired by the campaign visuals to share photos using colourful hand-paint to raise awareness.
World famous landmarks including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in United Arab Emirates, the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and several monuments in Australia were illuminated in the colours of Rare Disease Day in a symbol of support for the rare disease community!
Raising awareness of what ‘rare’ really means
The Rare Disease Day 2020 campaign focused on creating adaptable and editable campaign materials to be translated in over 30 languages all around the world. Together we educated the public about key facts and figures on rare diseases.
The official poster highlighted the fact that although the diseases are rare they affect more than 300 million people around the world. The Rare Disease Day campaign materials have been downloaded a record of over 35 000 times.
Policy communications on the day
On Rare Disease Day we called for increased equity for people living with a rare diseases and their families, including greater social inclusion and equity in access to diagnosis, treatment and care.
A fact sheet on advocating for equity for people affected by rare diseases was produced and countries used key statistics and the campaign infographics to campaign for equity at local level.
Social media success!
Around the world all stakeholders joined in on social media to share updates on their activities and messages of solidarity throughout the day. The official hashtag #RareDiseaseDay trended in a record 13 countries across 5 continents including Australia, Canada, France India and Mexico.
We want to hear from you!
Did you host or attend a Rare Disease Day event in 2020? Upload your photos and videos to our website and send us your press clippings and links to videos if you had any media coverage for our media page at [email protected]!
EURORDIS as coordinator of the Rare Disease Day campaign gives a special thanks to the 60 national alliance partners representing over 53 countries who are driving patient engagement in the campaign at national level.