What is “25JUNE” Initiative
The ambitious 25June Initiative led by the VR Foundation aims to mark World Vitiligo Day on June 25 as a date to be observed annually by the United Nations.
Longer term the 25June Initiative aims to generate knowledge of vitiligo, its appropriate care, arrest and treatment methods amongst the general public, health care providers, and governments. The VRF’s Strategy for Vitiligo recognition, and its work towards the WHO and the UN, is intrinsically linked with the World Vitiligo Day activities, which are mobilizing stakeholders to demand a common political action » » »
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
It is amazing that there are only few people, outside medical professionals and those who suffered with this disease, have heard about the term “vitiligo” » » »
We aim to raise 500,000 signatures in a petition to the United Nations in order to:
- Have vitiligo recognized as neglected and debilitating disease associated with severe social stigma;
- Have the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts in therapy development and health-care education recognized;
- Have June 25 officially designated as the World Vitiligo Day to be observed by the United Nations and Member States every year.
Recognition is the first step for the prevention, better treatment and care of vitiligo in line with the sustainable development of national health-care systems.
The World Vitiligo Day was celebrated in a series of synchronized events around the world » » »
I support the petition to designate June 25 as Vitiligo World Day and save millions of people worldwide from social isolation and persecution.
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