Wales’ first ever plan to tackle rare diseases is launched today.
It sets out the Welsh Government’s expectations of the NHS in Wales to treat rare diseases for people of all ages.
A rare disease is defined as a life-threatening or chronically debilitating disease, which affects five people or less per 10,000. They can range from life-limiting illnesses to manageable conditions, which do not affect daily living. There are around 150,000 people affected by such diseases in Wales.
Examples include Sickle Cell, which is a disease arising out of genetic problems, and Spina Bifida - a disease arising out of deficiencies or exposures to substances during pregnancy.