Rare Disease Day

The Division of Human Genetics is once again supporting Rare Disease Day on 28th February 2017! Please read below for details on wearing “Jeans4Genes” and how else you may get involved!

The 28 February 2017 will mark the 10th annual international Rare Disease Day. South Africa first participated in Rare Disease Day in 2010 with the primary focus being on raising awareness of rare diseases amongst the general public.  Continuing with this momentum, Rare Disease Day 2017 puts the focus on rare disease research and the crucial role that patients play in research. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.

Fast facts on rare diseases:

  • Over 6000 different rare diseases have been identified to date, directly affecting the daily life of more than 350 million people worldwide.
  • If all of the people with rare diseases lived in one country, it would be the world’s 3rd most populous country.
  • 80% of rare diseases are genetic in origin, and thus are present throughout a person’s life, even if symptoms do not immediately. The rest are the result of infections (bacterial or viral), allergies and environmental causes, or are degenerative and proliferative.
  • Approximately 50% of the people affected by rare diseases are children.
  • 30% of children with rare disease will not live to see their 5th birthday.
  • Rare diseases are responsible for 35% of deaths in the first year of life.

The Rare Disease Society of South Africa’s is raising awareness by wearing “Jeans for Genes”. If you would like to wear your favorite pair of jeans on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 please purchase a ribbon for R10 through the Division of Human Genetics.

Contact details:

Division of Human Genetics

Level 4, Falmouth Building

Faculty of Health Sciences

University of Cape Town

T: 021 4066373/6304

Let’s raise awareness and support this fantastic cause. A cause that is doing great work and supporting many of our genetics patients. Please contact Nakita on 021 404 6235, 021 406 6373 or 77230 to arrange to purchase a ribbon for you, or better, your whole department! Emails can be sent to n.verkijk@uct.ac.za

All funds raised will go towards accessing care for rare disease patients across South Africa.

Kindest regards. 

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 - 08:00
Contact Information: 

Please contact Nakita on 021 404 6235, 021 406 6373 or 77230 to arrange to purchase a ribbon. Emails can be sent to n.verkijk@uct.ac.za