Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are serious global health challenges.
Millions of people are living with psoriasis
Psoriasis is the world’s most prevalent autoimmune disease and is estimated to affect millions of people worldwide.
77% of people living with psoriasis experience stigma
Psoriasis can have a negative impact on patients’ overall mental health and emotional well-being—77% pf people living with psoriasis report experiencing stigmatization, and studies show increased rates of depression and anxiety in people living with psoriasis due to societal pressure.
58% increased risk of a major cardiac event in people living with psoriasis
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are not cosmetic problems. Psoriatic disease is systemic and increases the risk of developing a number of serious health conditions. People living with psoriasis experience a 58% increased risk of a major cardiac event and a 46% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
1 million healthy life years lost per year due to psoriasis
Nearly 60% of people living with psoriasis report that it is a large problem in their everyday life. The impact of psoriasis on a person’s well-being is often higher than in other chronic diseases. Further, psoriasis results in about 38% of all productivity losses (for example, missed days of work) in people living with the disease.
A Global call to action
194 countries have adopted a resolution on psoriasis
In 2014, psoriasis was officially recognized at the World Health Assembly as a severe, chronic, non-communicable disease, with no clear cause or cure.
In 2016, the World Health Organization issued its first ever Global Psoriasis Report, detailing the ways psoriasis impacts people’s lives and empowers stakeholders with practical solutions to improve patients’ life quality