What is World Vitiligo Day?
World Vitiligo Day is officially recognized on June 25th each year. The day was created to generate awareness of vitiligo, educate health care providers about care and treatment, and to raise funds for research. Since its founding, the day has become a global event, celebrating those living with the condition and raising awareness and recognition of the bullying, social neglect and psychological trauma that the millions of people living with vitiligo around the world can face.
World Vitiligo Day was established by Ogo Maduewesi, founder of VITSAF in Nigeria, and Yan Valle, CEO of the Vitiligo Research Foundation and first celebrated in 2011. Within a few years, the event became a global day of empowerment. Past World Vitiligo Day event locations include: Rome, Italy (2012), Detroit, USA (2013), Chandigarh, India (2014), Shenyang, China (2015), Prague, the Czech Republic (2016), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017), Boston, USA (2018), Hanoi, Vietnam (2019), Zagreb, Serbia (2020), Jakarta (2021).