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World Psoriasis Day

29 October is World Psoriasis Day. Its primary purpose is to act as a focus for people - patients, doctors, nurses and the general public - to raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to give people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis the attention and consideration they deserve. World Psoriasis Day (WPD) is also useful as a channel to encourage health authorities to offer better access to the most appropriate treatments.

Read more about WPD on the WPD website.

Raise awareness about psoriasis
World Psoriasis Day communication and activities should for example explain that psoriasis is a non contagious skin condition that can affect anybody and that people with psoriasis are really no different inside from anyone else. The World Psoriasis Day project should also aim to dispel myths about the condition.

Encourage healthcare decision makers to give psoriasis suffers better access to the most appropriate therapies for their condition: World Psoriasis Day should aim to encourage healthcare decision makers for example governments, physicians, carers and all those responsible for psoriasis care/ medicines to allow psoriasis sufferers access to all the most appropriate therapies. For too long psoriasis has not been seen as a priority with patients not always getting access to the most appropriate treatment for their condition.

Deliver knowledge to interested parties: World Psoriasis Day should aim to provide information and knowledge to those who are affected by psoriasis/ psoriatic arthritis as well as the general public, in order that people can be better informed about the condition, develop a better understanding, enabling them to be more confident to speak about it.

Provide a patient voice platform. World Psoriasis Day should provide a platform from which the 'patient voice' can be heard and from which people with psoriasis can be encouraged to speak out about their needs and wants.

Read more about World Psoriasis Day
Anyone who wants to help improve public understanding of psoriasis can get involved. National psoriasis associations from various countries are currently planning and organizing local events, activities and initiatives in support of World Psoriasis Day. The full list of all the activities that has been taking place around the world can be viewed on the WPD activities page.

See what your local national psoriasis association have done in support of the day and what kind of events there have been in your country. Every voice counts: you might like to get involved yourself.
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