May 10th is a dedicated World Lupus Day. World Lupus Day increases awareness of lupus and helps gather support for the more than 5 million people affected by this condition worldwide.

Lupus is a serious, life-altering autoimmune disease that can affect any organ of the body, including skin. Lupus is a disease which remains under-recognized and under-appreciated.

An autoimmune disease is one in which the immune system is unable to recognize the difference between healthy cells in the body and the foreign cells it fights to remove. A healthy immune system produces antibodies which attack and destroy foreign and invasive cells like viruses, bacteria and germs.

World Lupus Day is sponsored by the World Lupus Federation, a coalition of lupus patient organizations from around the world, united to improve the quality of life for people affected by lupus.

Through coordinated efforts of its global affiliates, the World Lupus Federation works to create greater awareness and understanding of lupus, provide education and services to people living with the disease, and advocate on their behalf.

World Lupus Day serves to call attention to the impact that lupus has on people around the world. The annual observance focuses on the need for improved patient healthcare services, increased research into the causes of and cure for lupus, earlier diagnosis and treatment of lupus, and better epidemiological data on lupus globally.

World Lupus Day serves to rally lupus organizations and people affected by the disease around the world for the common purpose of bringing greater attention and resources to efforts to end the suffering caused by this disabling and potentially fatal autoimmune disease.

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Dr. Boris Nedelciuc, Associate Professor, MD-PhD, MPH

Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy,

Member of the Committee of Experts in Dermatology of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Moldova

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