The Voice of Rare Disease
Patients in Europe
About Rare Diseases
A disease or disorder is defined as rare in Europe when it affects less than 1 in 2000. One rare disease may affect only a handful of patients in the EU, and another touch as many as 245,000.
There are more than 6000 rare diseases. On the whole, rare diseases may affect 30 million European Union citizens. 80% of rare diseases are of genetic origin, and are often chronic and life-threatening.
This video clip has been produced by Animo Productions with pro bono support of Burson-Marsteller Brussels. The patients featured are members of the Irish Rare Disease Patient National Alliance. We thank them and Rare Diseases Ireland for their invaluable contribution. Our thanks also to Grégoire for permission to use his song "Toi et Moi" as the soundtrack to the video.