Supporting Rare Disease Day 2018

18 February 2018

On Wednesday 28 February, Rare Disease Day 2018 will take place across the world, and THE PLANNING SHOP will show its support.

What is Rare Disease Day?

The main objective of the day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The campaign targets primarily the general public and also seeks to raise awareness amongst policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases.

Why is it important?

Building awareness of rare diseases is so important because 1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their life. Despite this, there is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many go undiagnosed. Rare Disease Day improves knowledge amongst the general public of rare diseases while encouraging researchers and decision makers to address the needs of those living with rare diseases.


Since Rare Disease Day was first launched by EURORDIS and its Council of National Alliances in 2008, thousands of events have taken place throughout the world reaching hundreds of thousands of people and resulting in a great deal of media coverage. This year, THE PLANNING SHOP will be supporting the cause to raise awareness of rare diseases by holding a Rare Disease Day face painting event at the office.

Find out more about Rare Disease Day 2018 here. Discover how you can also support the cause to raise awareness.

Watch the Rare Disease Day 2018 video on YouTube.

Find out more about our Rare Disease Group at THE PLANNING SHOP.