World Vitiligo Day was first celebrated in 2011. The overarching goal of the event has been to generate awareness of vitiligo in the general public, to educate health care providers about its appropriate care and treatment, and to raise funds needed for research. What started in Nigeria, has accomplished this and more, becoming a global event.
In 2018, World Vitiligo Day will be will be held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 22nd-24th.
In partnership with the global medical community, our patients and supporters we too wish on World Vitiligo Day to focus on “Children, Research, and Hope for the Future” By highlighting our youngest who have been afflicted with vitiligo, as well as recent research that is bringing a wealth of new treatments just on the horizon, our shared goal is to end the medical neglect, bullying, social isolation, and suffering of vitiligo patients. Together we can continue to raise the alarm that:
1) Vitiligo is a skin disease worthy of attention.
2) Funding for research into the cause and cure of vitiligo is sorely needed.
3) Adequate coverage of proven treatments for vitiligo is a right for patients.
4) Federal and local government support for patient advocacy is needed.