Scope and objectives
The Rare Diseases Platform Italian Switzerland has set the following objectives: accompany the implementation of the national concept rare diseases in Italian Switzerland; sensitize the national actors for the specific situation of Italian Switzerland, make available the skills and knowledge that have been developed in Italian Switzerland in research and therapy of specific pathologies, ensure access to therapeutic treatment and guarantee social support of those affected in Italian Switzerland.
To reach these goals, the platform unites all actors (in therapy, research and social support functions) working on different levels in the area of rare diseases in our region.
The Rare Diseases
Today, around 7000 to 8000 rare diseases are known worldwide. Most of these are hard to diagnose. It is estimated that more than 30 million people suffer from a rare disease.