Every year on the last day of February, World Rare Disease Day is an annual observance to raise awareness for 400 million people affected by rare disease globally. The main objective is to build knowledge among the public and policymakers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.

When a disease affects less than 1 in 2,000 people, it is called a rare disease, though they are not so uncommon and affect around 300 million people globally.

Although there are more than 7,000 different rare diseases, most of them share similar characteristics: they are usually chronic, lifelong genetic disorders (72%), and childhood-onset (70%). Most rare diseases are incurable and are associated with reduced life expectancy and quality of life.

Lack of awareness of rare diseases and lack of treatment options can make complicated and challenging to diagnose and manage.

Therefore, it is important to improve understanding and awareness of rare diseases, in the hope that we can better support patients living with these conditions in the future.

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