The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) presents World Psoriasis Day as an annual day dedicated to people living with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. It has been celebrated on October 29 for more than a decade and is aimed to:
Psoriasis affects over 125 million people around the world – not just physically, but also socially, emotionally and financially. World Psoriasis Day is geared to raise the profile of this debilitating disease and increase awareness of the effect it has on people’s lives.
For many, psoriasis is still a relatively unknown disease. On World Psoriasis Day, we spread information about psoriasis, dispel common myths and answer questions. We also inform patients about their own condition, so they can feel empowered to speak about it.
Improve access to treatment
On World Psoriasis Day, we lobby to give people with psoriasis better access to appropriate, affordable treatment. That’s why we specifically address key health decision-makers like national governments, policy-makers and healthcare providers that day.
Give the psoriasis community a voice
Many people living with psoriasis may struggle to get the world to listen to their needs. World Psoriasis Day is an opportunity for the psoriasis community to speak out from a common platform – and have its voice heard.
The theme for World Psoriasis Day 2019 is “CONNECTED”. IFPA and its members in 56 countries are organizing activities and advocacy campaigns to promote awareness, encourage inclusion, and build connections between individuals and organizations.
At Total Skin & Beauty Dermatology Center, we were getting “connected”! We had the pleasure of meeting Tiara Pennington, who was crowned Miss Alabama 2019 earlier this year. Because her mother and uncle both have psoriasis, Tiara chose the National Psoriasis Foundation as her social impact initiative. One of our physicians, Dr. James Krell, also has a specialization and extensive history in treating psoriasis. They each share their stories and passions about the awareness and advocation this disease. We invite you to check their special video below, as they discuss a brief history, background and treatment options for psoriasis and what people can do to get connected with others in fighting this disease.
You are not alone. Awareness is empowerment!