Global Community for People Living with Rare/Uncommon Dermatological Conditions

Who: Patient organizations serving people living with rare/uncommon dermatological diseases. These organizations provide essential services, support and access to information; opportunities to link with other patients; connection to researchers; and speak up for access to care and treatment. You are welcome to become involved with this special GlobalSkin community within our wider community.

What: GlobalSkin is working with this unique community to significantly and measurably improve linkages for patient organization leaders; build capacity and coordination of a synchronized strategic approach to improve access to care; stimulate critical research; disseminate critical information; and improve treatment options for patients living with neglected rare or uncommon diseases.

RareDERM Forum 2023

On June 1st, the RareDERM Forum took place in Brussels with participation from 40 members representing 26 countries. The forum began with presentations from three experts on the opportunities and challenges in RareDERM from a policy, research and industry perspective. The facilitator, Kathy Redmond, from Redmond Consulting, then led a panel discussion with the three experts Tricha Schivas, Foundation For Sarcoidosis Research, Ioannis Sapountzis, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Dolores Cviticanin, Rare Disease International setting the stage for the various strategic planning activities later in the day.

A highlight of this gathering, and key to the strategic conversations was the World Café. Members moved from table to table engaging in thought provoking conversations on topics pertinent to the RareDERM Community. The table hosts provided a summary of these conversations, giving an in-depth overview of the Community’s collective thoughts on the various topics. As a result of the facilitated discussions throughout the day, strategic objectives and core activities were identified. GlobalSkin will now summarize the results of the Forum, and feedback to the community their vision for the next 3 years.


Rare Disease Day 2023

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GlobalSkin is excited to take part in Rare Disease Day 2023 on February 28, by highlighting and raising awareness for rare dermatological diseases.  

We have created new resources to assist with Members’ online presence on Rare Disease Day. 

Click here to learn more and download materials!

GlobalSkin Supports the "UN Resolution on Persons Living with a Rare Disease"


On December 16, 2021 the UN Resolution on Persons Living with a Rare Disease and their Families in 2021 (led by RDI, EURORDIS, and the NGO Committee for Rare Diseases) was formally adopted by the United Nations General Assembly! 

Over half of GlobalSkin's Members represent patients living with rare dermatological diseases. We are very proud to have been part of the campaign and look forward to continuing to raise awareness about the burden of rare skin conditions with policymakers.
Learn more about the UN Resolution on Persons Living with a Rare Disease - Rare Diseases International

RareDERM Community's 3-Year Plan

GlobalSkin is pleased to share our finalized Three-Year RareDERM Community Strategic Plan. This plan is the result of input from across our membership including our RareDERM Community Advisory Committee, the IADPO Executive Committee, and the RareDERM Community at large.


RareDERM Community Resources

COVID-19 Resource Page – Canadian Skin Patient Alliance

The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) has a COVID-19 resource page, which we constantly update – including all changes to public drug plans in Canada as a result of the pandemic. 

RareDERM Advisory Committee

Susan Thornton - Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, USA

Tricha Shivas - Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, USA

Rachael Manion - Canadian Skin Patient Alliance, Canada

Laurence Gallu - Assc. Pemphigus Pemphigoid France, France

Marjolein van Kessel - Naevus Global, Netherlands

Annemarie Sluijmers - Lupus Europe, Netherlands

Lex van der Heijden - CMTC, Netherlands

RareDERM Forum 2019

The RareDERM Forum, the first event of its kind, brought together nearly 40 rare and uncommon dermatological disease patient group leaders from 13 countries. Participants benefitted from formal learning sessions and connecting with other patient leaders and dermatology stakeholders.

A primary objective of this two-day Forum was to begin building a cohesive community of rare dermatology disease patient organizations and supporting stakeholders to ensure the lives of these patients are positively and measurably impacted through improved care and treatment. Working in small groups and then as a larger plenary group, participants outlined broad goals, defined challenges and needs; and began developing a strategy to build a cohesive community to grow knowledge and skills; to help stimulate research; foster connectivity; and deliver advocacy. Several advisory committees were formed within the community and reports on their progress will be shared later this year.

Since the Forum, GlobalSkin has been actively working on a variety of follow up activities including a summary document; the formation of advisory committees of patient organizations to complete the next steps involving strategic planning, and the set up of an online collaboration tool for the patient leaders. We will keep you posted as progress continues to be made.

GlobalSkin is grateful to its Partner on this community-building initiative.