Making a leap for rare diseases

By February 27, 2020 All, Fundraising, Research
Rare Disease Day 2020. MLD Support Association UK
MLD Support Association UK proudly supporting Rare Disease Day

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) is classified as a Rare Disease


There are over 300 million people living with one or more of over 6,000 identified rare diseases around the world, each supported by family, friends and a team of carers that make up the rare disease community.

Each rare disease may only affect a handful of people, but taken together the number of people directly affected is equivalent to the population of the world’s third largest country.

Rare diseases currently affect 3.5% – 5.9% of the worldwide population.

72% of rare diseases are genetic and 70% of those genetic rare diseases start in childhood.

Lack of knowledge about rare diseases by health professionals leads to a delay in diagnosis and, frequently, it is then too late for treatment.

Rare Disease Day raises awareness for the 300 million people living with a rare disease. The Rare Disease Campaign aims to achieve equitable access to diagnosis, treatment, Health and social are and social opportunity for people affected by a rare disease.

Find out more about Rare Disease Day