For a disease to be considered rare it has to affect less than 5 in 10,000 of the general population. There are between 6,000 and 8,000 known rare conditions and, each week, around five new rare conditions are described in medical literature. 75% of them affect children being often chronic or life-threatening.
It is estimated that around 1 in 17 people, or 7% of the population, will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their lives. This equates to approximately 30 million people across Europe.
At the 9th AIMS Meeting a disease may be rare but hope should not. “One of a Kind” focuses on real testimonies, innovative treatments being developed, and new discoveries in the field of Rare Diseases.