Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The theme for this year is "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality."
Persons with disabilities include those who have “long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”
Why is this important?
Technically speaking, vitiligo falls under UN's qualification of 'disability' and, as UN's ECOSOC member, we're engaging it from under the "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."
Events for the 2018 IDPD celebration at UN Headquarters in New York are organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs today.
- Isn't it just a cosmetic disorder?
Contrary to popular belief, vitiligo is not a cosmetic disorder but a systemic disease affecting the largest body organ and other vital systems, with multiple comorbidities. Fo...
- What tests should be done?
A well-trained dermatologist should be able to diagnose vitiligo and distinguish it from contact leukoderma or more than twenty other conditions with similar skin appearance bas...
- How can I cure vitiligo?
There is no cure for vitiligo, but there are a number of effective treatment options that can be discussed with your GP or dermatologist. The aim of treatment is to stop new pat...
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Though it is not always easy to treat vitiligo, there is much to be gained by clearly understanding the diagnosis, the future implications, treatment options and their outcomes.
Many people deal with vitiligo while remaining in the public eye, maintaining a positive outlook, and having a successful career.Copyright (C) Bodolóczki Júlia
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