Rare Disease Day is here again – 28 February 2013. Congrats on their sixth anniversary!
This year’s slogan “Rare Disorders without Borders” emphasizes the need for international cooperation to find drugs and treatments for the 6,000 to 8,000 rare diseases/disorders. The lack of scientific knowledge and quality information on each disease often results in a delay in diagnosis. The need for appropriate quality healthcare magnifies the inequalities and difficulties getting access to treatment and care. And because of the broad diversity of disorders with relatively common symptoms, initial misdiagnosis often occurs. In addition, symptoms differ not only from disease to disease, but also from patient to patient suffering from the same disease.