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IAPO member Acción Psoriasis wins international psoriasis awareness-raising award
by IAPO at 5:40PM Tuesday 15 January 2013 (News)

Sheila Bravo, from Vitoria, Spain, psoriasis patient and a member of the patients’ organization Acción Psoriasis, has won the international contest "Under the Spotlight Award 2012”. The award recognises the person who has contributed the most to changing the disease’s perception. The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA), also an member of IAPO, launched this initiative in 18 countries as part of the project Under The Spotlight

Under the Spotlight is an awareness campaign in which people affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from different countries tell their story of the impact the disease has had and how they have managed to defeat the disease psychologically. Acción Psoriasis launched the Spanish version of this project in 2010, supported by Abbott and En Primer Plano.

The winning personal story for the “Under the Spotlight Award 2012” can be viewed at En Primer Plano together with stories from other patients with psoriasis.

Here Sheila shares her thoughts on her award:

“I am very happy to win this award that was so unexpected. My story is the story of many people throughout the world that are also suffering from psoriasis. That is why this award is not only for me, but also for them all. I am really thankful to IFPA because of initiatives such as this one, we are able to show society our reality and therefore reach out to more people. I also say thanks to Acción Psoriasis, the association of people suffering from psoriasis and their relatives of which I am a member, for their great work and the assistance they provide to us. Without them this would not have been possible”

Juana María del Molino, President of Acción Psoriasis shares his thoughts on Sheila's award:

“From Acción Psoriasis we want to thank IFPA and every patient affected by psoriasis who, like Sheila, share their experience and help us to give hope and encouragement to other people suffering this disease. We are very happy, especially for Sheila. With initiatives such as Under The Spotlight, society gets to know the real impact of psoriasis.”

About Acción Psoriasis
Acción Psoriasis is the national association of people affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and their relatives. Throughout its nineteen years of existence, it has become one of the most active and participative patients’ associations in Spain.

Acción Psoriasis hosts activities, disseminates the latest research on treatments and supports affected people with the aim of enforcing their rights and increasing their quality of life.

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