"The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, IFPA, is an umbrella organization for national psoriasis patient associations world-wide. Together, we are constantly working to improve the quality of life for people suffering from psoriasis, and towards this end we are united in a yearly World Psoriasis Day campaign, on October 29.
Under the theme of World Psoriasis Day for 2012, “Psoriasis – a global health challenge”, IFPA initiated a global photo campaign around the core message “Put psoriasis on the agenda now!” Psoriasis needs to be on all public health policy agendas; locally, nationally, regionally and globally.This campaign is one of many steps being taken by IFPA in order to get psoriasis recognized by the WHO and national health authorities, as the serious and often disabling disease it is. Psoriasis is disabling, not only physically, but also socially and economically. Many people with psoriasis have to endure both stigmatization and discrimination on a daily basis, adding to the many challenges they already face. Treatments for psoriasis are often both costly and time-consuming.
Worldwide, psoriasis is often mis-diagnosed and there is a lack of access to healthcare and treatments and a lack of understanding of the true nature of the disease. That is why we need the recognition and support of WHO, to draw world-wide attention to psoriasis. By endorsing World Psoriasis Day, active measures can then be taken to include psoriasis in public health campaigns and healthcare agendas.
Observing World Psoriasis Day is one of the most public ways in which we can all show our support for the global psoriasis community. Help us to put psoriasis on the agenda now! by visiting www.worldpsoriasisday.com!"
IAPO member Psoriasis Action also organized a number of activities to raise the profile of psoriasis. The main event took place at the Ministry of Health headquarters and a press conference was held in the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Pending IAPO member the Mexican Association against Psoriasis also marked World Psoriasis Day.