The 2nd Conference of the Minority Diseases Strategy of the Islands is held

May 25, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Interview, Portada, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Minority diseases are those that affect less than 5 out of every 10,000 inhabitants.

Cystic fibrosis and Andrade’s disease are the most common pathologies on the Islands.

The Regional Ministry of Health, together with the Internal Medicine Service of Son Espases University Hospital, is currently holding the 2nd Conference of the Balearic Islands Minority Diseases Strategy.

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2nd Conference of the Minority Diseases Strategy

Rare, infrequent or minority diseases are defined, from an epidemiological point of view, because they affect fewer than 5 out of every 10,000 inhabitants. However, the impact on health systems is very significant, if we take into account that there are between 6,000 and 8,000 minority diseases described and that they may affect 7% of the world’s population.

In Spain, there are around 3 million people with these diseases, and it is estimated that on the islands there are 80,000. In our community, the most frequent are cystic fibrosis and Andrade’s disease.

The National Health System’s Rare Diseases Strategy includes 7 lines of action, such as prevention and early detection of rare diseases, health and social and health care, promotion of research, and training and information for professionals and people affected, and their families.

The conference dealt, among others, with the improvement of healthcare for patients with minority diseases within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, the Diagnosis of hereditary heart disease in the Balearic Islands, the Clinical Analysis Service, Metabulopathies and Neonatal Screening and new developments in hereditary heart disease.

The conference was organised by the Directorate General for Services, Pharmacy and Consumer Affairs of the Regional Ministry of Health.