World Vitiligo Day
World Vitiligo Day is held on June 25. This event in the third decade of the month June is annual. Help us
Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation in Nigeria started the idea of activists conducting Vitiligo Purple Fun Day at the shopping mall on June 25th 2011. It was celebrated in memory of late King of Pop Michael Jackson, who suffered from vitiligo and died on 25th June 2009.
The vision is to bring this 'forgotten disease' into the public eye by raising awareness, portraying its true nature, and debunking common vitiligo myths.
Later, Vitiligo Research Foundation (VRF) based in New York, USA joined this campaign to make it a truly global affair leading to the foundation of World Vitiligo Day, celebrated every year on June 25th.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of patients with vitiligo in the world is approximately 0.8-2.8% of the total population. As a result of social stigma and heavy psychological burden, more than 100 million people are affected by this disease. Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder, expressed in the disappearance of melanin pigment in certain areas of the skin.
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