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World Psoriasis Day 2019

2019/10/29


Today, IFPA presents World Psoriasis Day, as an annual day dedicated to people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. It has been celebrated on October 29 for more than a decade. On World Psoriasis Day, our member associations and their supporters organise activities around the world to raise awareness of psoriasis.

To see examples of all the activities our members put on in around the world last World Psoriasis Day, visit worldpsoriasisday2018.com.

Aim of World Psoriasis Day

World Psoriasis Day is dedicated to people living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. On October 29, we aim to address their needs:

Raise awareness

Psoriasis affects over 125 million people around the world – not just physically, but also socially, emotionally and financially. World Psoriasis Day aims to raise the profile of this debilitating disease and increase awareness of the effect it has on people’s lives.

Spread information

For many, psoriasis is still a relatively unknown disease. On World Psoriasis Day, IFPA spreads information about psoriasis, dispel common myths and answer questions. They also inform patients about their own condition, so they can feel empowered to speak about it.

Improve access to treatment

On World Psoriasis Day, IFPA lobby to give people with psoriasis better access to appropriate, affordable treatment. That’s why they specifically address key health decision-makers like national governments, policy-makers and healthcare providers that day.

Give the psoriasis community a voice

Many people living with psoriasis may struggle to get the world to listen to their needs. World Psoriasis Day is an opportunity for the psoriasis community to speak out from a common platform – and have its voice heard.

Are there special World Psoriasis Day activities?

Yes! Each year, IFPA member associations organise a wide variety of World Psoriasis Day activities – from small gatherings to large-scale events. Examples of activities include:

- Awareness-raising walks or running events
- Free information events for the general public
- Lectures or seminars held by medical professionals
- Handing out flyers and brochures in public places
- Drawing competitions
- Sending out WPD postcards
- Free psoriasis assessment and consultations at hospitals
- Activities for children and youth
- Photo exhibitions with psoriasis-related themes
- Radio or TV interviews with patient leaders or medical experts
- Fundraising barbecues, get-togethers or concerts
- Outdoor yoga sessions for people with psoriasis
- Coverage of World Psoriasis Day by local or national media

Can I join World Psoriasis Day?

- Of course! World Psoriasis Day is open to anyone – whether you have psoriasis yourself, know someone who does or simply want to support people living with psoriasis.

To be part of World Psoriasis Day, you can:

- Contact your national psoriasis association to find out about their plans for October 29.
- Organise an activity yourself. Perhaps your national association isn’t planning anything or you live in a country without an active psoriasis association? Don’t let this stop you! Organising a workshop, an awareness-raising walk, or simply handing out flyers can be a great way to let your community know about World Psoriasis Day. If you organise something, we’d love to hear about it! That way, IFPA can help promote your activity and share some pictures afterwards for our global audience.
- Follow IFPA on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest updates on IFPA’s World Psoriasis Day campaigns and plans.
- Spread the word about World Psoriasis Day, wear orange and blue on October 29, or reach out to someone from the psoriasis community to let them know you are there for them.

SOURCE: https://ifpa-pso.com/our-actions/world-psoriasis-day/

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