Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

The United Nations has emphasized the need to:

  • end preventable deaths of new-borns and children under five
  • end avoidable mortality caused by non-communicable diseases
  • achieve universal health coverage
  • support the research and development of medicines

The burden of rare disease is considerable, with around 350 million affected individuals worldwide. This is in the same range as main and more ‘visible’ non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.

By fighting for the right to appropriate diagnosis and treatment of patients living with a rare disease, we are not only helping the current generation, but also future ones, as the vast majority of rare diseases are genetic and thus preventable, if resources are invested in a suitable manner.