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About World Lupus Day


World Lupus Day, observed on May 10th each year, serves as a platform to raise awareness about lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects millions globally. The day emphasizes the need for support and understanding for individuals living with lupus and highlights the challenges they face.


Facts for Prelims


  • Lupus causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body’s own tissues and organs, leading to symptoms such as joint pain, rashes, fever, and fatigue. It can also result in severe complications like osteoporosis and cardiovascular issues.

Risk Factors:

  • Factors such as genetics, smoking, hormones, environmental influences, and stress can increase the risk of developing lupus.
World Lupus Day:
  • Established in 2004 by the World Lupus Federation, World Lupus Day aims to raise awareness and garner global support for lupus patients.
  • With nearly 5 million sufferers worldwide, this day underscores the necessity for improved healthcare, enhanced research, early diagnosis, and advanced treatments for lupus. It also seeks to unite organizations and individuals in alleviating the suffering caused by this potentially fatal disease.

-Source: The Hindu


June 2024