WHEREAS, lupus is a serious and incurable autoimmune disease that can cause life-threatening damage to any organ in the body; and,

WHEREAS, lupus is a global health problem that affects millions of young women, men and children of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages worldwide; and

WHEREAS, many physicians worldwide are unaware of symptoms and health effects of lupus, causing people with lupus to suffer for many years before they obtain a correct diagnosis and medical treatment; and

WHEREAS, medical research efforts into lupus and the discovery and development of safer, more effective treatments for lupus patients are under-funded in comparison with diseases of similar magnitude and severity; and

WHEREAS, people with lupus will face a lifetime of living with the unpredictable and life-changing health effects of this disease; and,

WHEREAS, there is a deep, unmet need worldwide to educate and support individuals and families affected by lupus; and

WHEREAS, there is an urgent need to increase awareness in communities worldwide of the devastating impact of lupus,

NOW, THEREFORE, Be It Resolved that 10 May 2017 is hereby designated as World Lupus Day on which lupus organizations around the globe call for increases in public and private sector funding for medical research on lupus, targeted education programs for health professionals, patients and the public, and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant public health issue.

Proclaimed This Day, 10 May 2017

Download the sample proclamation and the suggested letter to government officials.

We encourage lupus patients, their families,
friends, co-workers, and health care providers
to distribute it in your community.
Full page version | Half page version

Use this simple check-list that has been designed
to help people recognize the symptoms and risk factors for lupus.
Download

World Lupus Day logo with May 10 date
Grayscale logos | Color logos
World Lupus Day logo without date
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Having an event for World Lupus Day? Use these
to let media and your community know about it!
Press release | Media letter