Campagne IFPA WPD 2020
IFPA presents World Psoriasis Day as an annual day dedicated to people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. It has been celebrated on October 29 for more than a decade. On World Psoriasis Day, our member associations and their supporters organise activities around the world to raise awareness of psoriasis.
To see an explanation of this year’s theme, visit our World Psoriasis Day 2020 Theme Page.
Aim of World Psoriasis Day
World Psoriasis Day is dedicated to people living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. On October 29, we aim to address their needs:
- Raise awareness
Psoriasis affects millions of people around the world – not just physically, but also socially, emotionally and financially. World Psoriasis Day aims to raise the profile of this debilitating disease and increase awareness of the effect it has on people’s lives.
- Spread information
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.
Are there special World Psoriasis Day activities?
Yes! Each year, our member associations organise a wide variety of World Psoriasis Day activities – from small gatherings to large-scale events.
Klik hier voor de activiteiten van Psoriasispatiënten Nederland.
Information is a key ingredient in the recipe for empowerment. We knew this in 2019 when we launched our three-year campaign: Connected, Informed, United. Still, the events of 2020 have reinforced our commitment to the theme. There has never been a more important time to be informed. COVID-19 emphasizes the need in highlight, bold, and underline. People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have many doubts in this crisis. Lack of knowledge about the disease and uncertainty about access to care and medicine make us even more vulnerable. As we build knowledge about the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with psoriasis, we also build hope, protection, and purpose for those same people. This is the power of being informed.
Informed individuals can manage their psoriasis better, and motivate behavior change in their communities. In the same way, informed patient associations, advocates, medical professionals, and scientists are more effective in their work. Everyone is invited to use this document and its separate toolkit to outline your World Psoriasis Day 2020 campaign. In these modern times, we access information in a digital form. This has become even more true during global lockdowns and social distancing. Through our handheld devices, we have an ocean of information at our fingertips, as well as a tool to engage with what we learn and get connected. For this reason, we have selected the cell phone to represent this year’s World Psoriasis Day. We hope you will use your own device to follow the campaign. It is time to be informed about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Klik hier voor het Theme document BE Informed