Rare Diseases Day – Bleeding Disorders are just some of the over 6000 rare diseases

Haemophilia Scotland

Everyone who spoke at the Rare Diseases Day reception at the Scottish Parliament in 2014 (Claire Tennant Photography) Everyone who spoke at the Rare Diseases Day reception at the Scottish Parliament in 2014 (Claire Tennant Photography)

1 in 17 of us, or 7 % of the population, will be affected by a rare disease at some point in our lives.  That is over 300,000 people in Scotland which is more than the population of Aberdeen.

However, for many years each condition has struggles alone to get a timely diagnosis and access to treatment.  Rare Diseases UK brings us all together to learn from one another and add strength to our campaigns.  Every year on RareDiseases Day we come together to put the spotlight on rarer conditions as a public health priority.

We were delighted to have been invited to address this years’ reception at the Scottish Parliament.  Our Vice-Convenor, Susan Warren, spoke extremely movingly about her own experience of bleeding disorders and why Haemophilia Scotland was established.  Dan…

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