World Vitiligo Day Q&A

Many of you ask general questions about the World Vitiligo Day campaign, so here is a rundown of the most common queries:

  • How many signatures do we need to have the World Vitiligo Day recognized by the United Nations or the World Health Organization? 

There is no official guide "How To Proclaim The World <Something> Day" and thus we don't know for sure what would it take. Some groups have achieved similar goals with many thousands of participants. For example, a dedicated team of International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) spent ten years rallying for the World Psoriasis Day. After two unsuccessful attempts, it was finally recognized by the WHO in May 2014. 

We hope that you are one of a half a million people who have signed petition to the UN Secretary General, asking for June 25th to be officially designated World Vitiligo Day. The more names we have, the stronger we are – so thank you for your support. 

  • * What is your current progress with the officials?

VR Foundation has become a consultative of  Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations’ central platform for debate and innovative thinking on sustainable development and other issues like healthcare or disabilities. This membership allows us to bring the World Vitiligo Day on the UN agenda and hopefully have it approved by the UN General Assembly. 

  • Which country do the most petition signatures come from?
That distinction currently belongs to India, followed by the US, Indonesia and then China (where campaign website seems to be unavailable for most people). 
  •  Is there an official color, image or logo for WVD? 
In a word, no! We encourage individual organizations to use whatever works best for them. VITSAF in Nigeria, for example, uses purple, whereas others are using a black and white combination.

  •  Is there a WVD T-shirt?
Yes, thanks to Olumide Omololu who won a competition in 2014 to design an ‘unofficial’ WVD T-shirt. This proved so popular that we distributed 1500 of the shirts to support groups across the world, but we have now run out of stock. So, if you want to wear WVD T-Shirt, try doing it yourself - just download the design file you like from here and then send or take it to a print on demand T-shirt shop.
  • Do you have anything I can use to help promote WVD?
Yes, we have put together a media toolkit to help you launch local awareness campaigns. Go to our  Download Center and scroll down to the ‘Media’ section to find the relevant downloads.
  • What can I do to help?

Signing the petition and telling people about WVD is a great start. More specifically, we are currently asking dermatologists and beauty clinics to offer free skin check-ups for vitiligo and other pigmentation disorders on or around June 25th. Last year, 50+ participating doctors and clinics in 17 countries provided free consultations to well over three thousand patients. So, if you’re a dermatologist or beautician, or you know somebody who is and can help us, we would love to hear from you. If you already have something planned for World Vitiligo Day then please do let us know. We’ll add your activity to our WVD calendar of events.

  • Where will be the campaign headquarters this year?
The 7th celebration of World Vitiligo Day will be will be held at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA on June 22nd-24th, 2018.
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