Health, Dr Tatenda Simango
Vitiligo research foundation
THE first World Vitiligo Day was held in 2011 and has since become an annual event. Vitiligo is a disease that causes loss of skin colour in patches. The campaign was born from the determination of non-profit organisations Vitiligo Research Foundation (VRF) (USA) and Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF) (Nigeria) and their supporters across the world, to bring this “forgotten” disease into the public eye and to shine a light on challenges faced by those suffering from vitiligo.
Over the years, its purpose has broadened from raising awareness of vitiligo to include recognition of the bullying, social neglect, psychological trauma and disability of millions of people affected by vitiligo. An estimated 100 mil...