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


    • 21 september 2017

      Malta National Day

    • Malta's National Day commemorates the day when this small Mediterranean country became independent in 1964.

      Malta was ruled by the famous Knights of Malta from 1530 to 1798. But, following the Napoleonic Wars, this small country was ruled by London (1802). It was not until 1964 that Malta became independent. At first, Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was the head of state, and in 1974, Malta adopted the republican regime.

    • 22 september 2017

      European Day without Cars

    • The Car-Free Day is an experiment on how would our lives change if there were no cars. This day is devoted to pedestrians, bikers and public transportation, and represents an opportunity to retake urban space.
    • 27 september 2017

      World Tourism Day

    • The World Tourism Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, politic and economic value. It is also the opportunity to reflect on how can world tourism contribute to the achievement of the UN Millenium Development Goals.