25 June: World Vitiligo Day
World Vitiligo Day was observed across the world on 25 June 2014. The day is specially dedicated to people with vitiligo.
The world started observing the day in 2012 with an aim to focus on the disease vitiligo with international collaborative research and public awareness campaign about the myths and reality and raise funds needed for research and education.
Steve Haragadon, the founder of the Vitiligo patient network from USA was the first person to put forward the idea of World Vitiligo Day. Later the concept was developed and finalised by Ogo Maduewesi, a vitiligo patient who is the founder and executive director of the Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation in Nigeria.
World Vitiligo Day in India
The day was observed in India by PGI, Chandigarh’s department of dermatology. The activity of the day was a street show to highlight the myths about the disease at Sukhna Lake.
Vitiligo is a progressive skin disease as a result of which people lose their inherited skin color over the lifetime. About 100 million people across the world suffer from the disease due to which, they become a victim of ostracism, discrimination and many lose their homes, families and livelihoods. Yet the disease has no cure.
Who: World Vitiligo Day
Where: across the world
What: was observed
When: on 25 June 2014