The first World Vitiligo Day was held in 2011 and has since become an annual, global event.
The first Vitiligo Awareness Day or Purple Fun Day - what it was called then - was brought to life by Ogo Maduewesi, Founder and President of Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF) at Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria.
The second World Vitiligo Day was held on the week of 25 June this year. It also marks the passing date of pop star Michael Jackson, a long-time vitiligo sufferer
This year, the World Vitiligo Day changed its headquarters from Rome (Italy) to Detroit (USA) and was celebrated in a series of events, from the distribution of leaflets to large gatherings, which have made each World Vitiligo Day a huge success and generated worldwide media interest.
VRF already set up two new 'world records' with 225 vitiligo patients seen by dermatologists in the morning at the PGIMER hospital, and 800+ doctors attending events in the afternoon. Forty WVD-branded rickshaws paraded the city of Chandigarh, host of World Vitiligo Day 2014, all day long.
World Vitiligo Day 2015 campaign headquarters are in Shenyang, China, under the presidency of Prof. Xing-Hua Gao, MD. Thousands of vehement volunteers around the world raise awareness for vitiligo on the streets and in the media, in addition to 30+ major hospitals receiving vitiligo patients and holding education events
Prof. Jana Hercogova, the Chair of WVD 2016 campaign, held a key media event in beautiful Prague.
A series of events were held in Washington DC on June 24-25.
The campaign headquarters were set up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, under the presidency of Professor Paulo Cunha. He is well known for his unerring support for the vitiligo cause and he does incredible work with underprivileged communities, including with many Amazonian tribes - who have no access to medical care or dermatological services.
From the pre-event planning and build-up to the event itself, the World Vitiligo Day USA conference 2018 was the most successful yet. More than 400 people attended the conference
WVD 2019 started on June 21st with a three-day event in Sugar Land town in Texas, the USA organized by Houston Vitiligo Awareness Movement. The U.S. national theme this year was “The Mental and Medical Journey of Living with Vitiligo – The Journey Starts with Me!”, with an impeccable collection of speakers and experts on hand to discuss the current state of affairs and look to the future.
World Vitiligo Day theme of 2020 was 'SELF: Awareness, Love, Respect, Care.' As the world grappled with a global pandemic, World Vitiligo Day has moved online.
Unfortunately, the large-scale, in person activities that typify WVD are not possible this year, due to COVID restrictions, so online events will take place everywhere
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