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