Rare Disease Day
Date: tuesday, 28th february

The Rare Disease Day 2017 theme is research. Rare disease research is crucial to providing patients with the answers and solutions they need, whether it is a treatment, cure or improved care.


A disease or disorder is defined as rare in Europe when it affects less than 1 in 2000. One rare disease may affect only a handful of patients in the EU, and another touch as many as 245,000.

There are more than 6000 rare diseases. On the whole, rare diseases may affect 30 million European Union citizens. 80% of rare diseases are of genetic origin.

 
 

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European diary


    • 31 may 2017

      World No Tobacco Day

    • Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

      The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."

    • 1 june 2017

      Global Day of Parents

    • This day pays tribute to the devotion of parents, their engagement and the sacrifices they made in order to ensure the future of their children.
    • 5 june 2017

      World Environment Day

    • World Environment Day aims to inspire more people than ever before to take action to prevent the growing strain on planet Earth’s natural systems from reaching the breaking point.