Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences is organizined an awareness program on 10th May 2012 on the eve of World Lupus Day. The main purpose of KIMS is to inspire people specially the politicians to help in the funding of research and development of this less known, still very dangerous chronic disease. A recent study has shown that presently 11 lakh people are suffering from this disease in India alone. KIMS is contributing by working on developing 3 innovative drugs which can help in fighting against Lupus.
Lupus is a chronic disease that can damage any part of the body like skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body. Lupus is related with Immunity System which fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these attackers. In Lupus, the immune system cannot differentiate between these foreign invaders and body’s healthy tissues and creates auto antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue which cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
Every day, more than 5 million people worldwide struggle with the often debilitating health consequences of lupus, a potentially fatal disease which is capable of damaging virtually any part of the body, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.
Apart from affecting the patient, this dangerous disease also impacts his / her family, friends, and colleagues. Still, it is widely under-recognized as a global health problem by the public, health professionals, and governments, driving the need for greater awareness. Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of lupus can help potentially to slow the debilitating effects of the disease. However, lupus is often difficult to diagnose because symptoms frequently mimic common illnesses. Increasing awareness of lupus will save lives.
World Lupus Day was first observed in 2004 when an international steering committee representing lupus organizations from 13 different nations met in Eaton, United Kingdom to organize the first observance of World Lupus Day, and a number of special
events were held to highlight its importance. Most significant was the issuing of the inaugural World Lupus Day Proclamation, recognizing this historic day and demonstrating concern for the needs of millions of individuals globally. This year, lupus organizations hope even more governments will sign and endorse the Proclamation.
Lupus groups around the world have united to sponsor the World Lupus Day observance on 10 May 2012. This year, World Lupus Day will focus on the need for heightened public awareness, improved patient healthcare services, promoting research and development for the cure of lupus, enhanced physician diagnosis and treatment of lupus, and better epidemiological data on lupus globally.
Please join the international effort to increase public awareness and understanding of lupus by promoting the ninth annual World Lupus Day in your publication. For additional information,
Dr. Sarath Chandra Mouli Veeravalli
Chief Rheumatologist – KIMS Hospitals Mobile: +91 98660 00685