PINNT supports Rare Disease Day 2016.
We hope to become more involved in years to come. We know that some patients with a rare disease find that the only way they can survive is to then receive home artificial nutrition.
2016 marks nine consecutive, successful years of Rare Disease Day. Continuing the momentum, Rare Disease Day 2016 focuses on making sure the voices of those living with a rare disease are heard. Nearly 7000 different rare diseases have been identified to date, directly affecting the daily life of more than 30 million people in Europe alone. On 29 February 2016, people living with or affected by a rare disease, patient organisations, politicians, carers, medical professionals, researchers and industry will come together in solidarity to raise awareness of rare diseases. The Rare Disease Day 2016 theme ‘Patient Voice’ recognises the crucial role that patients play in voicing their needs and in instigating change that improves their lives and the lives of their families and carers. The Rare Disease Day 2016 slogan ‘Join us in making the voice of rare diseases heard’ appeals to a wider audience, those that are not living with or directly affected by a rare disease, to join the rare disease community in making known the impact of rare diseases. People living with a rare disease and their families are often isolated. The wider community can help to bring them out of this isolation. Patients and patient advocates use their voice to bring about change that:
- Ensures that politicians continuously and increasingly acknowledge rare diseases as a public health policy priority at both national and international levels.
- Increases and improves rare disease research and orphan drug development.
- Achieves equal access to quality treatment and care at local, national and European levels, as well as earlier and better diagnosis of rare diseases.
- Supports the development and implementation of national plans and policies for rare diseases in a number of countries.
- Helps to reduce isolation sometimes felt by people living with a rare disease and their families.
Rare Disease Day amplifies the voice of rare disease patients so that it is heard all over the world.
The patient voice:
- is stronger when patients receive training so that patient advocates are equipped with the skills and information that they need to be able to represent the patient voice at the local, national and international level, within and on behalf of their patient organisations.
- Is vital because rare disease patients are experts in their disease. In situations when there is often a lack of medical expertise or disease knowledge because a disease is so rare, patients develop expertise on treatment and care options. With this expertise, the voice of a rare disease patient is often more inherent to the decision-making process regarding their treatment or care options.
- Is increasingly present and respected in the medicines regulatory process, during which patients bring real-life perspective to the discussion. This voice needs to be encouraged to become stronger all along the life cycle of the R&D process, from the early stages of development of a medicine, right through to when the medicine is in use in a wider population of patients. This will help to ensure that medicines are developed more efficiently and in turn will result in patients accessing more, better and cheaper treatments at an earlier stage.
PINNT are working within our own country and linking up with patient groups in other countries to strengthen the patient voice in diseases that result in patients living a life on home artificial nutrition.
Closer to home we are actively seeking to promote the voice of the patients and carers who live demanding lives when faced with illness and a complex medical treatment.